Mortgage Rates Crash to Record Lows

According to a recent Freddie Mac survey, mortgage rates are falling this week across the board as a result of the faltering economy, with the rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage falling to 4.39% Thursday, its lowest level since November 2010 and a significant decline from last week’s 4.55%.

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With investors wary of the stock market turning to U.S. Treasury securities (NYSE:TLT), the yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined to 2.58% Thursday, down significantly from a 3.7% yield in February, and lending rates followed suit. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, used most commonly for refinancing homes, fell to an average of 3.54%, down from 3.66% last week and beating the record low set in November of 3.57%. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage fell from 3.25% last week to 3.18% this week, tying the record low.

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Borrowers shopping around can find even lower rates, especially if they are willing to pay more upfront. The lowest-risk borrowers could obtain a 30-year home loan at a fixed rate of less than 4% if they were willing to pay 3% or more in upfront fees and discount points. To obtain the current loan rate, they would have to put up less than 1%.