Benchmark mortgage rate ticks up from record low

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Mortgage rates edged up from all-time low this week. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose 1 basis points to 3.36 percent according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders.

A year ago, the 30-year was 3.97 percent. Four weeks ago, the rate was 3.44 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate average for this week is 0.69 percentage points below the 52-week high of 4.05 percent, and is 0.01 percentage points greater than the 52-week low of 3.35 percent.

The 30-year fixed mortgages in this week’s survey had an average total of 0.30 discount and origination points.

Over the past 52 weeks, the 30-year fixed has averaged 3.75 percent. This week’s rate is 0.39 percentage points lower than the 52-week average.

  • The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.75 percent from 2.81 percent.
  • The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage was flat at 3.47 percent.
  • The 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage rose to 3.81 percent from 3.80 percent.

At the current 30-year fixed rate, you’ll pay $441.27 each month for every $100,000 you borrow, up from $440.71 last week.

At the current 15-year fixed rate, you’ll pay $678.62 each month for every $100,000 you borrow, down from $681.48 last week.

At the current 5/1 ARM rate, you’ll pay $447.37 each month for every $100,000 you borrow, unchanged from last week.

Results of Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey of large lenders conducted July 8, 2020 and the effect on monthly payments for a $165,000 loan:

Weekly national mortgage survey
Breakdown 30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM
This week’s rate: 3.36% 2.75% 3.47%
Change from last week: +0.01 -0.06 N/C
Monthly payment: $728.09 $1,119.73 $738.16
Change from last week: +$0.91 -$4.71 N/C

Where mortgage rates are headed

Most experts consulted by Bankrate expect rates to stay about the same or drop in the coming week. In the week ahead (July 9-14), half of the experts predict that rates will stay the same, 7 percent of the experts predict a rise in rates and 43 percent predict that rates will drop.

Gordon Miller, owner, Miller Lending Group, LLC, Cary, N.C., says: “Rates will remain in the same narrow trading range as we head into next week. Renewed concerns over the number of new cases being reported will be a hurdle for stocks while the 10-year Treasury flirts with a sub-0.6 yield. One thing seems certain and that is the likelihood low rates are here until further notice.”

“Mortgage rates should continue to trend down slowly,” said Ken H. Johnson, real estate economist, Florida Atlantic University. “The demand for fixed-income type securities will continue to drive up their prices and result in lowering mortgage rates for a while longer.”

Homebuyers and refinancers enjoy the cheap rates

Now is the time to jump on low mortgage rates rather than waiting a little longer in hopes of getting even deeper discounts on loans. It’s a good bet rates will at least stay at these low levels for months to come. You can see the forecast for the year ahead here.

Refinancing a mortgage can shave $100 or more off monthly payments, and may represent the raise you didn’t get at work,” says Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate.com chief financial analyst.

Jumbo borrowers, meanwhile, will find they must cast a wide net to find a mortgage. Some lenders, fearful of risk amid the coronavirus recession, have left this market. Refinancing with cash out is shrinking because lenders are worried people will lose their jobs and be unable to pay, while home values could possibly fall if the recession is prolonged.

Market watchers are waiting for the spread between Treasury yields and mortgage rates to narrow, a development that would create downward pressure on rates. But with the Federal Reserve’s commitment to nearly unlimited buying in the mortgage-backed securities market, anyone with good to excellent credit who wants a mortgage this spring should be able to snag a historically low rate, and even borrowers with poor to bad credit will benefit as well with a lower rate than before the Fed intervention.

The Bankrate.com 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. Our rates may differ from other national surveys, in particular Freddie Mac’s weekly published rates. Each week Freddie Mac surveys lenders on the rates and points based on first-lien prime conventional conforming home purchase mortgages with a loan-to-value of 80 percent. “Lenders surveyed each week are a mix of lender types – thrifts, credit unions, commercial banks and mortgage lending companies – is roughly proportional to the level of mortgage business that each type commands nationwide,” according to Freddie Mac.