Lower mortgage rates are proving to be helpful in kickstarting the spring home-buying season, in addition to their expected positive impact on refinance mortgages. This is a much-needed boost after a rough couple of years for mortgage lenders, who have experienced severely low housing inventory, rising mortgage rates, and tightened lending standards. All of which driving some lenders to rethink whether the mortgage business is good for their bottom line.
Mortgage rates have been steadily decreasing since the beginning of 2019. Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® placed the 30-year fixed mortgage rate at 4.51 percent at the beginning of the year, but this last week reported it at 4.08 percent. Although this is up 2 basis points from the previous week, it is down significantly from one-year ago.