How Low Will Mortgage Rates Go?

For the second consecutive week, fixed-rate mortgages reached new all-time records lows, offering another big boost to home buyer affordability.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.83 percent for the week ending May 10, posting a new record low from last week’s 3.84 percent average. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also posted a new record, averaging 3.05 percent this week.

Here’s a closer look at mortgage rates for this week:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.83 percent, with an average 0.7 point, down from last week’s previous record of 3.84 percent. A year ago at this time, 30-year mortgages averaged 4.63 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most popular choice among home buyers, has averaged below 4 percent for nearly every week — except for one — since Dec. 8, 2011, according to Freddie Mac.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.05 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s previous record low of 3.07 percent. Last year at this time, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.82 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.81 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 2.85 percent average. Last year, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.41 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.73 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 2.70 average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 3.11 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac