Zillow: Mortgage rates drop to 16-month low

30-year, fixed mortgage continues to fall

October 14, 2014
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/31712

The interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage continued its decline last week, falling further below 4% last week and also falling to a 16-month low, according to a new report from Zillow (Z).

Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from 3.96% in the previous week.

According to Zillow’s report, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell last Wednesday, and then hovered around 3.88% for most of the week before falling to the current rate.

“Rates dropped to the lowest level since June 2013 on news that the Federal Reserve has more reservations about the health of the U.S. and global economy than expected, which in turn, may delay rate hikes,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow.

“With little economic news planned to overshadow the Fed’s latest comments, this week we expect rates to fairly remain stable, hovering just shy of 4%.”

Zillow also reported that the 15-year fixed mortgage rate fell below 3% last week, to 2.96 as of Tuesday morning. The rate for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages also fell from 2.83% to 2.7%.

Those numbers were also down from last week’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac.

In that report, Freddie Mac stated that the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage declined from 4.19% in the previous week to 4.12% and is significantly down from 4.23% a year ago.

According to Freddie’s data, the 15-year, FRM decreased to 3.30% after remaining frozen at 3.36% a week ago. This is close to 2013’s 15-year, FRM of 3.31%.

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