Monday, January 7, 2019

Mortgage Rates Drop Lower in Early 2019

The new year started with lower mortgage rates across the board in the U.S. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate recently dipped to 4.51%. The low mortgage rate combined with decreasing home price growth should get prospective homebuyers excited to buy. However, the recent turmoil of the stock market may affect home buying activity in the next few months. The 30 year mortgage fixed-rate averaged 4.51% for the week ending January 3, 2019, down from last week when it averaged 4.55%. A year ago at this time, the 30 year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95%. The 15 year fixed mortgage rate average 3.99% this week, down from last week when it averaged 4.01%.

This mortgage-rate drop offers a potential boost to the housing market. The decline on mortgage rates gives consumers an opportunity to obtain low rates on loans to purchase or refinance their homes, if they can look past volatile financial markets and still high home values. High home prices, stock market swings, and a traditionally slow time of year for home buying have largely lowered housing-market activity in recent months.

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