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Having inched back over 3 percent two weeks ago to a two-month high, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has since dropped 12 basis points (0.12 percentage points) to 2.90 percent, which is 13 basis lower than at the same time last year, within 25 basis points of its all-time low and the lowest average rate in five months.

At the same time, mortgage loan application volumes across the U.S. have dropped to their lowest level since the beginning of last year, with purchase mortgage activity down 14 percent on a year-over-year basis over the past week despite the drop in rates.

UPDATE (7/15): The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has inched down another 2 basis points to to 2.88 percent, which is 10 basis lower than at the same time last year, within 23 basis points of its all-time low and the lowest average rate in five months.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by sforthright

    Just locked 2.875 and thought that was decent, turns out it’s average!

  2. Posted by Anthony Rizzo

    Not really when it comes to money. Big difference between decent and average .
    I am an old fart at 37.
    I consider someone who has over 500k in retirement accounts to be “decent” while I doubt the “average” 37 year old has even 10% of that in a retirement account.
    2.875 I would still classify as decent .

  3. Posted by AY

    In my mind:

    OK = average
    Decent = better than average
    Great = much better than average
    Poor = worse than average
    Terrible = much worse than average

  4. Posted by Ex-Bernaler

    Anyone able to get sub 3% on a jumbo loan?

  5. Posted by MikeR

    Starting the process back in May, we got 2.49% on a jumbo refinance (1.1M), using better.com

    • Posted by Sean Passanisi

      Did you pay points?

      • Posted by MikeR

        Yes, paid the max points I could get, sorry I should have mentioned this.

  6. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has inched down another 2 basis points to to 2.88 percent, which is 10 basis lower than at the same time last year, within 23 basis points of its all-time low and the lowest average rate in five months.

  7. Posted by Lance

    I just locked in a Jumbo refi at 2.375 on a jumbo refinance with a rebate to cover fees/points. It is only a 7 year ARM, but I can theoretically afford to pay off the entire mortgage if int rates go nuts by then. My original purchase loan was at 3.5 for what it’s worth.

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