Benchmark Mortgage Rate Nearing a Six-Year LowSeptember 5, 2019
The average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped 9 basis points over the past week to 3.49 percent, which is down 145 basis points (1.45 percentage points or 29.4 percent) since the fourth quarter of last year and is now within 8 basis points of both a three and six-year low.
At the same time, the average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage has dropped to 3.00 percent, which is 99 basis points below its mark at the same time last year, and the average rate for a 5-year adjustable is down to an inverted 3.30 percent, which is 63 basis point below its mark at the same time last year.
Despite the significantly lower rates, home sales in San Francisco remain down on a year-over-year basis. And according to an analysis of the futures market, the probability of the Fed easing rates for a second time this year has ticked back up to over 99 percent.
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