Mortgage rates fell for a second week in a row as unrest in the Middle East, and perhaps more significantly, a spike in oil prices, helped bring fearful investors back into the perceived safety of government bonds, to which mortgage rates are closely related. The worry prevailing in financial markets was that higher oil prices could stall out the economic recovery. But bear in mind, mortgage rates will head right back up if those fears dissipate.
The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was Nov. 2008. At the time, the average 30-year fixed rate was 6.33 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,241.86. With the average rate now 5.09 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,084.67, a difference of $157 per month for anyone refinancing now.
30-year fixed: 5.09% - down from 5.16% last week (avg. points: 0.45)
15-year fixed: 4.37% - down from 4.43% last week (avg. points: 0.38)
5/1 ARM: 3.93% - down from 4.05% last week (avg. points: 0.39)