According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey released April 13, 2017, the 30-year mortgage rate in the U.S. dropped for the fourth consecutive week and hitting a new low for 2017.
Sean Becketti, chief economist of Freddie Mac said, "Following a weak March jobs report, the 10-year Treasury yield dropped about 5 basis points. The 30-year mortgage rate fell 2 basis points to 4.08 percent. Not only did the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decline for the fourth consecutive week in our survey, it also fell to a new 2017 low."
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30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending April 13, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 4.10 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.58 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 3.34 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.36 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.86 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.18 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.19 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.84
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 8, 2017, U.S. mortgage applications increased 9.9 percent from one week earlier. This week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released this week, rising U.S. home prices offset a quarter-point drop in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the second quarter of 2017.