WASHINGTON (AP) – May 16, 2019 – U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a third straight week of declines as a continued inducement to purchasers in the spring homebuying season.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage eased to 4.07% from 4.10% last week. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.61%.
The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans declined this week to 3.53% from 3.57% last week.
The continuing U.S.-China trade war kicked into a fevered battle this week as high-level talks between the two sides broke down Friday and the Trump administration slapped new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing retaliated on Monday with increased tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products. That sent stock prices tumbling around the globe; the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points as nervous investors shifted money from volatile stocks to the bond market.
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