Extending a long stay near record lows, fixed mortgage rates edged lower this week, with lenders offering the typical 30-year loan to solid borrowers at 3.88%, down from 3.9% last week, according to giant loan buyer Freddie Mac.
In the 21 weekly surveys that Freddie Mac has released starting Dec. 8, only one has shown the 30-year average above 4%. The record low of 3.87%, statistically no different from this week’s reading, was recorded on three consecutive weeks in February.
This week’s average for the 15-year fixed loan was 3.12%, down from 3.13% a week earlier. Adjustable loans were mixed. The start rate fell on mortgages that adjust once a year but rose on loans that become adjustable after five years at a fixed rate.