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Mortgage Rates Drop Below 5% for First Time Since April
Rates hit 4.99%, falling swiftly from 13-year high of 5.81% in June
Mortgage rates dropped to their lowest level since April, offering a reprieve to prospective home buyers who have been hit this year with higher rates and surging prices.
The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.99% this week, down from 5.30% a week earlier, according to a survey by mortgage giant Freddie Mac published Thursday. Though rates remain well above their levels from a year ago, they have fallen swiftly in recent weeks from their 13-year high of 5.81% in June.
Mortgage rates and other measures of the cost of borrowing tend to rise and fall with expectations about the trajectory of the economy. Recently, fears that the U.S. is heading into a downturn have lowered expectations of the pace of rate rises.
Until the past few weeks, rising mortgage rates had been a key factor driving up the cost of home buying this year, adding hundreds of dollars or more to buyers’ monthly payments. That, on top of double-digit home-price growth, has helped drive buyers out of the market in recent months.