Mortgage rates were back to breaking records for the second consecutive week. All mortgage products, except for the 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage, averaged a new record low, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.
For those who can qualify, the low rates are helping to keep home buyer affordability high and refinancing strong, Freddie Mac reports.
"Fixed mortgage rates continued to decline this week, largely due to the Federal Reserve's purchases of mortgage securities, and should support an already improving housing market,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.
The Fed recently announced it would purchase $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities every month until the economy shows more improvement. The move is expected to send rates lower.
Here’s a closer look for the national average rates for the week ending Sept. 27:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a new record low of 3.40 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s previous record low of 3.49 percent. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.01 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a new low of 2.73 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s previous record low of 2.77 percent. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.28 percent.
- 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.71 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s 2.76 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.02 percent.
- 1-year ARMs: averaged a new low of 2.60 percent this week, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 2.61 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.83 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac