30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rate Fell to Record Low – Chart of the Day

From the rates point of view only, now may be the time to shop for a new mortgage or refinance your existing mortgage.

Freddie Mac today released its Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which showed that average rates of 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped to a new low at 4.96% from 5.01% a week ago, the lowest point since Freddie Mac started rate tracking in 1971 . Mortgage rates have been falling since November after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to buy mortgage backed securities.

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rate Fell to Record Low

However, despite the record low of mortgage rates, the housing market still doesn’t show any sign of bottoming, let alone improving, as house prices kept falling. On the other hand, lower mortgage rates did attract many homeowners to refinance their loans. According to The Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage loan applications increased 15.8% for the week ending January 9, 2008 from a week early, while refinance jumped 25.6%.

While many took advantage of the 5% rate to save money on monthly mortgage payments, not everyone benefits from the low rates, especially those whose home value has dropped below what they owe on the mortgage.  And let’s not forget that 3.6 million people lost their jobs since the recession began in December 2007.

A record low mortgage rate, but do you care?

*Data source Freddic Mac

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4 Responses to “30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rate Fell to Record Low – Chart of the Day”

  1. Peter |  Jan 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    It’s true that mortgage rates are falling, but at the same time a lot of what the news isn’t reporting is that the fees to get the low rates are increasing. here’s an informative article I read on The Mortgage Reports Blog, talking about just that:

    A Major Half Truth: The Mortgage Rates Are Falling

    We’re trying to refinance right now to get into a 5% rate instead of a 6.5% that we got 2 years ago. It all hinges on the appraisal of our house. Wish us luck!

  2. phoenix car insurance |  Jan 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Here is another thing happening in the real estate market. Because home prices have fallen so much, we do not want to refinance because we not longer have that 20% equity needed to bypass the mandatory insurance lenders want.

  3. bucket truck |  Apr 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

    That is really interesting, Thank you :)

  4. Jackson bourne |  Nov 23, 2010 at 7:34 am

    So in general 30 yr fixed rate is lower than 15 yr. If I was planning to pay off the mortgage in 15 years anyway, would it make sense to get a 30 yr mortgage at a lower rate and pay it off in 15 years? what’s the catch? Would I end up paying more or less? please help me understand, thanks…