Mortgage Rates Drop to Lowest Level of Year

In declining for the fourth straight week, mortgage rates reached their lowest levels of 2011.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, a popular choice among home buyers, averaged 4.63 percent this week, reports Freddie Mac in its weekly mortgage market survey. Last week, the 30-year mortgage stood at 4.71 percent; compared to last year at this time, it averaged 4.93 percent.

Meanwhile, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also reached its lowest level of the year, averaging 3.82 percent this week from 3.89 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 15-year mortgage averaged 4.30 percent.

The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.41 percent, down from last week’s 3.47 percent average. A year ago, it averaged 3.95 percent.

As rates continue to fall, the number of mortgage applications are increasing. Mortgage applications increased 8.2 percent this week compared to one week earlier, reports the Mortgage Bankers Association. The refinancing index increased 9 percent–it’s highest level since mid-March. Mortgage applications for purchase also got a boost, rising 7.1 percent compared to the previous week.

Source: “30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Drops to 4.63 Percent,” Freddie Mac (May 12, 2011) and “Mortgage Applications Increased 8 Percent in Early May, Says MBA,” RISMedia (May 12, 2011)

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