WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates came back down slightly this week after the key 30-year loan rate jumped nearly a quarter point last week.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported today that the 30-year rate fell to 5.13% from 5.22% last week. Last year at this time, the rate stood at 2.86%.
The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular among those looking to refinance their homes, inched down to 4.55% from 4.59% last week. One year ago, it was 2.16%.
Rapidly rising interest rates — which add hundreds of dollars to monthly mortgage payments — have pushed many potential homebuyers to the sideline this year, cooling the once red-hot housing market.
The Federal Reserve has increased its main borrowing rate four times this year in an effort to combat four-decade high inflation.