Average Mortgage Rates Fall to Another Low This Year

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Conforming mortgage rates have fallen to another new low this year. Average 30 year conforming mortgage rates are down to 4.16 percent this week, a decline from last week's average 30 year mortgage rate of 4.18 percent. This is the fourth new low for average 30 year rates in 2014. This is the first time in three months that average 15 year jumbo rates are below 4.00 percent.

We might see rates fall even further this year because 10 year bond yields are also near their lowest point this year. 10 year bond yields closed on Friday at 2.54 percent, only 4 basis points from the 2014 low of 2.50 percent. The economic calendar is busy this week and any disappointing news on the economy will send bond yields lower.

The reason rates would move lower on negative news is that the equity markets are at record highs and any disappointing news would send investors fleeing to U.S. Treasuries and thus, send rates lower. Lenders tie mortgage rates to long term bond rates so when bond rates move lower, mortgage rates also move lower.

Current Mortgage Rates TodayAverage 30 year mortgage rates are at 4.16 percent but there are many lenders quoting 30 year rates below the average and below 4.00 percent. Checking on rates this morning, the lowest 30 year refinance rates available are at 3.75 percent with mortgage points. If you don't want to pay points on a loan, the lowest refi rates are still below the average at 3.875 percent.

Mortgage rates today on 15 year conventional home loans are averaging 3.20 percent, a decline from last week's average 15 year mortgage rate of 3.23 percent. The best 15 year mortgage rates available  are much lower at 2.625 percent with points and at 2.875 percent with zero points.

Current mortgage rates on 30 year jumbo loans are averaging 4.50 percent, down a whopping 33 basis points from last week's average of 4.83 percent. This large decline in average 30 year jumbo rates isn't a surprise because conforming rates have fallen to new lows the past few weeks while jumbo rates barely budged.

The lowest jumbo refinance rates are much lower than the average, the lowest rate available right now is at 4.00 percent with no points. The lender offering 30 year jumbo refi rates with that rate and point combination is U.S. Bank in the state of California. When you search for rates in other states, you may see lenders offering rates slightly higher or lower.

Today's mortgage rates on 15 year jumbo loans are averaging 3.98 percent, down from last week's average 15 year jumbo rate of 4.04 percent. This is the first time in three months that average 15 year jumbo rates are below 4.00 percent. The lowest 15 year jumbo refi rates available with points are at 3.375 percent and the lowest rate without points is at 3.50 percent.
Author: Brian McKay
May 27th, 2014