Mortgage rates near all-time low

By Kelly Leighton | July 12, 2016 | 2 min. read

Thanks to the Brexit vote, average fixed mortgage rates have dropped to 3.41 percent, according to Freddie Mac.

The results of the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® revealed the new low, which is just .10 percent higher, or 10 basis points, than the lowest rates on record from November 2012 for a 30-year fixed-mortgage rate.

Compared to this time last year, when the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.04 percent, this is a significant decrease. Compared to earlier this month, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is down .07 percent, as it had averaged 3.48 percent.

Also, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage had an average of 2.74 percent, down an average of 0.4 point from earlier this month, when it was 2.78 percent. Comparatively, at this time last year, the average for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.20 percent, up .46 percent.

As for the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage, it averaged 2.68 percent, down .02 from earlier this month when it was 2.70. Compared to this time last year, when it was 2.93, it is down .25 percent.

“Continuing fallout from the Brexit vote drove Treasury yields lower again this week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage followed Treasury yields, falling 7 basis points to 3.41 percent in this week’s survey. Mortgage rates have now dropped 15 basis points over the past two weeks, leaving them only 10 basis points above the all-time low,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist for Freddie Mac.

According to the Washington Post, thanks to an increase in refinances, mortgage applications have increased recently, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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