October 19, 2017 in Mortgages

Several benchmark mortgage rates ticked downwards in the New York Metro area this week.

Key 30-year rate slides in New York Metro

According to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the New York Metro area declined to 4.01 percent. The local rate sat below the national average rate of 4.04 percent, and was down 5 basis points from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

In this week’s survey, the mortgages had an average of 0.20 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 gamble paid off.

Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage fell to $788.69, down $4.75 from last week, corresponding with the slip in mortgage rates.

No clear direction for other New York Metro mortgage types

On the other hand, the average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages didn’t register a change this week, remaining at 3.97 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the New York Metro area, that limit is $636,150.

The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped 3 basis points, slipping to 3.23 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage followed rates lower, dipping $2.40 to $1,157.80.

The 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance. With this downward trend in the 15-year fixed, a refinance will be more profitable to some homeowners.

The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate declined 1 basis point this week, to 3.40 percent. The most common variety 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.

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Weekly mortgage survey

Results from Bankrate’s survey of mortgage lenders conducted October 18, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $636,150 in the New York Metro area.
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM 30-year jumbo
This week’s rate: 4.01% 3.23% 3.40% 3.97%
Change from last week: -0.05 -0.03 -0.01 N/C
Monthly payment: $788.69 $1,157.80 $731.74 $3,026.09
Change from last week: -$4.75 -$2.40 -$0.91 N/C

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.

To learn more about the different rate averages Bankrate publishes, see “Understanding Bankrate’s Rate Averages.”