Mortgage rates are falling—at least for now—after posting rapid jumps in June. Over the last two weeks, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped by one-half of a percentage point. Home buying is about 5% more affordable than a week ago, translating to about $100 less in monthly mortgage payments, economists at the National Association of REALTORS® wrote on the Economists’ Outlook blog.
Rates are dropping as concerns mount over a possible economic recession, says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While the drop provides minor relief to buyers, the housing market will continue to normalize if home price growth materially slows due to the combination of low housing affordability and an expected economic slowdown,” Khater says.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending July 7:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 5.30%, with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 5.70% average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 2.90%.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.45%, with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 4.83% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.20%.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 4.19%, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 4.50% average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.52%.
Freddie Mac reports commitment rates along with average points to better reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage.