Multiple closely-watched mortgage rates declined in the Philadelphia area this week.
Benchmark 30-year rate slides in Philadelphia
According to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Philadelphia area dropped to 4.30 percent. While the local rate exceeded the national average rate of 4.29 percent, it was down an impressive 24 basis points from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.
The mortgages in the survey for this week had an average of 0.33 discount and origination points.
"The drop in the 30-year fixed is cause for celebration among those who waited to lock on a rate, as their decision paid off," says Holden Lewis, Bankrate's senior mortgage analyst.
Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage slid to $816.54, dropping $23.08 from last week, corresponding with the slip in mortgage rates.
Other Philadelphia mortgage types decline
The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell this week, down 26 basis points to 4.37 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Philadelphia area, that limit is $424,100.
The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped a hefty 20 basis points as well, reaching 3.46 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage followed rates lower, down $16.11 to $1,176.32.
"The 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance. With this fall in the 15-year fixed, a refinance will be more profitable to some homeowners," Lewis says.
The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate ticked downwards to 3.48 percent this week, a drop of an impressive 21 basis points. The most common type of variable-rate mortgage, 5/1 ARMs allow property owners to pay a fixed rate for the first 5 years, and the rate adjusts once per year every year after.
Weekly mortgage survey
|Results from Bankrate's survey of mortgage lenders conducted March 22, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $424,100 in the Philadelphia area.|
|30-year fixed||15-year fixed||5-year ARM||30-year jumbo|
|This week's rate:||4.30%||3.46%||3.48%||4.37%|
|Change from last week:||-0.24||-0.20||-0.21||-0.26|
|Change from last week:||-$23.08||-$16.11||-$19.18||-$64.51|
Methodology: The "Bankrate.com National Average," or "national survey of large lenders," is conducted weekly. To conduct the National Average survey, Bankrate obtains rate information from the 10 largest banks and thrifts in 10 large U.S. markets. In the Bankrate.com national survey, our Market Analysis team gathers rates and/or yields on banking deposits, loans and mortgages. We've conducted this survey in the same manner for more than 30 years, and because it's consistently done the way it is, it gives an accurate national apples-to-apples comparison.
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