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Mortgage rates see biggest plunge in over a decade

5/21/2019

The 30-year-fixed rate fell from 4.28% to 4.06%. Home sales jump expected as buyers rush to take advantage

Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgages declined by 22 basis points from 4.28 percent to 4.06 percent, resulting in the biggest single-week decline in rates since 2008, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Survey released on Thursday.

Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater said the drop is due to the Federal Reserve’s economic outlook, which predicted slowing economic growth.

“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,” he explained in a prepared statement.

Freddie Mac chief deputy economist Leonard Kiefer responded to the Primary Mortgage Survey results through a series tweets, which drove home the point how rare the 22 basis point drop is.

“One-week changes this large are pretty unusual,” he explained on a tweet accompanied by a color-coded chart listing weekly mortgage rate trends over the past 48 years.

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US homes sales fell in December, causing the price growth to fall to the lowest level in more than 6 years as the housing sector ended 2018 on a weak note.
The National Association of Realtors said that 2018 sales of existing homes fell 3.1% from a year ago to 5.34 million units. 
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