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Thirty-year mortgage rates level off at 4.5%

 

By Jeff Lazerson

7/19/18

 

Rate news summary: 

From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate averaged 4.5 percent, down 1 basis point from last week’s 4.53 percent. The 15-year fixed averaged 4.0 percent, two basis points lower than last week’s 4.02 percent.

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 2.5 percent decrease in loan application volume from the previous week.

Bottom line: Assuming a borrower gets the average 30-year fixed rate on a conforming $453,100 loan, last year’s rate of 3.96 percent and payment of $2,153 was $148 lower than this week’s payment of $2,301.

What I see: Locally, well-qualified borrowers can get the following fixed-rate mortgages for zero cost: A 15-year at 4.0 percent, a 30-year at 4.375 percent, a 15-year high-balance ($453,101 to $679,650) at 4.125 percent, a 30-year high-balance at 4.625 percent and a 30-year jumbo (over $679,650) at 5.0 percent.

 

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