Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said, “While rates have moderated, we’re still at nearly three-year lows, which is good news for buyers looking to purchase a home before school starts.”
He continued, “The recent stabilization in mortgage rates reflects modestly improving U.S. economic data and a more accommodative tone from the Federal Reserve to respond to the rising downside economic risk from trade tensions and soft global economic data. On the housing front, the latest weekly purchase application data suggests home-buyer demand continues to rise, which is consistent with the slowly improving real estate data from the last two months,” he said.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.75% with an average 0.5 point for the week ending July 11, 2019, unchanged from last week. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.53%.
- 15-year FRM averaged 3.22% with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.18%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.02%.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.46% with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.45%. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.86%.