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Measuring Mortgage Rates

Around 24 percent of borrowers received mortgage rate offers of 4.25 percent or lower, according to the latest Mortgage Rate Distribution data from LendingTree. LendingTree also released its latest Mortgage Rate Competition Index, the median spread of the lowest and highest APRs offered by lenders in the LendingTree marketplace, which was at 0.88, up from 0.85 the previous week.

According to LendingTree, 24 percent of 30-year fixed-rate mortgage borrowers received offers of 4.25 percent or lower, down 37 percent week over week. The report notes that this time last year, just 0.3 percent of purchase offers were under 4.25 percent.

Despite the higher percentage of borrowers to receive lower interest rates, the most common interest rate was 4.5 percent, offered to 17.9 percent of borrowers.

For refinances, 35 percent of 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage refinance borrowers received offers of 4.25 percent or less, down 51.5 percent week over week. The most common refinance interest rate was 4.25 percent, offered to 19.8 percent of borrowers.

According to the most recent Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, these mortgage rates indicate stability. According to the survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending April 4, 2019, up from the previous week when it averaged 4.06 percent, while the -year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.56 percent with an average 0.4 point, down from the previous week when it averaged 3.57 percent.

In a statement, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said, “Purchase mortgage application demand saw the second highest weekly increase over the last year and thanks to a spike in refinancing activity, overall mortgage demand rose to the highest level since the fall of 2016.”

Khater continued, “While the housing market has faced many headwinds the last few months, it sailed through the turbulence to calmer seas with demand buttressed by a strong labor market and low mortgage rates. The benefits of the decline in mortgage rates that we’ve seen this year will continue to unfold over the next few months due to the lag from changes in mortgage rates to market sentiment and ultimately home sales.”

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing. He is a contributing writer for MReport. An East Texas Native, he has studied abroad in Athens, Greece and works part-time as a photographer.
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