Mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.66%, Freddie Mac reports. After several weeks of increases, the drop in mortgage rates is a welcome sign for home buyers.
“The housing market continues to steadily gain momentum with rising homebuyer demand and increased construction due to the strong job market, ebullient market sentiment, and low mortgage rates,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Residential real estate accounts for one-sixth of the economy, and the improving real estate market will support economic growth heading into next year.”
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Nov. 21:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.66%, with an average 0.6 point, falling from last week’s 3.75% average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.81%.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.15%, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.20% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 4.24%.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.39%, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 3.44% average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 4.09%.