Mortgage rates in biggest weekly decline since 2009 after Fed announcement

The benchmark 30-year mortgage rate plummeted 27 basis points this week, the biggest weekly drop in a decade, creating a huge affordability window for homebuyers and homeowners looking for a mortgage refinance, according to Bankrate’s latest survey of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders.

“The Federal Reserve’s concern about the prospects for slowing economic growth caused investor jitters to drive down mortgage rates by the largest amount in over ten years,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Despite negative outlooks by some, the economy continues to churn out jobs, which is great for housing demand. We have recently seen home sales start to recover and with this week’s rate drop, we expect a continued rise in purchase demand.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending March 28:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.06 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 4.28 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.40 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.57 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 3.71 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.90 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.75 percent, with an average 0.3 point, falling from last week’s 3.84 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.66 percent.

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