A sharply divided Federal Reserve last week cut its benchmark short-term interest rate for a second time this year but declined to signal that further cuts are likely in 2019. The Fed rate influences many consumer and business loans.
The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans declined this week to 3.16% from 3.21% last week. Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week to compile its mortgage rate figures.
The average doesn't include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose this week to 0.6 point from 0.5 point.
The average fee for the 15-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.5 point. The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages fell to 3.38% from 3.49%. The fee remained at 0.4 point.