Middling economic and job growth over the past year has continued pushing down the average rates on home loans, so that the 30-year fixed is now below 4% for well-qualified borrowers.
That said, the Mortgage Bankers Association expects better economic news to give rates a jolt over the next year (the 30-year could go to 4.5%). So grab a deal before they're gone.
Refinancers may want to consider shorter-term mortgages, notes Keith Gumbinger of consumer loan data firm HSH.com. While the spread between a 30-year and 15-year is historically 0.5%, the difference is now 0.74%.
Take advantage of lower rates
30-year conventional fixed rate mortgage: 2012: 4.0%; Now: 3.5%
30-year jumbo: 2012: 4.5%; Now: 3.9%
15-year fixed rate: 2012: 3.3%; Now: 2.8%.
Home-equity loan: 2012: 6.8%; Now 6.3%.
HELOC: 2012: 5.2%; Now:5.2%
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|Overnight Avg Rate||Latest||Change||Last Week|
|30 yr fixed||4.36%||4.32%|
|15 yr fixed||3.38%||3.34%|
|30 yr refi||4.37%||4.30%|
|15 yr refi||3.37%||3.32%|
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