After a volatile July, loan interest rates have stayed below 4% for the 5th consecutive week. This week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.93%, just a tick below last week’s 3.94% average. Movement has been relatively small over this time period, but buyers will want to stay in the loop should rates trend upwards again.
Housing markets across the US have responded well to the low rates as home buyers have tried to lock down favorable rates while many homeowners have tried to refinance. All year, lenders have tried to keep rates low to keep attracting prospective buyers but they have been steadily creeping from the low 3’s to high 3’s(see January, March and April numbers here).
Fifteen-year mortgage rates averaged 3.15% this week—down from 3.17% last week.