30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Continues Rapid Fall


December 2, 2009

The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased seven basis points last week to 4.62%, down from 4.69% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages fell four basis points to 4.19% from 4.23%, while 5-1 adjustable rate mortgages increased five basis points to 3.74%, from 3.69% the week prior.

The volume of mortgage requests last week fell 17% from the prior week. Of last week’s requests, 49% were for refinance loans, 49% were for purchase loans and 2% were for home equity loans. There was no change in the mortgage type mix from the prior week.

Rates for 30-year fixed purchase mortgages fell further, with the average rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.52%. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates varied by state. Ohio mortgage rates and North Carolina mortgage rates decreased the most, from 4.79% to 4.63% in Ohio and from 4.72% to 4.60% in North Carolina. New York mortgage rates (4.79%), Missouri mortgage rates (4.72%) and Illinois mortgage rates (4.72%) were the highest in the country, while Texas mortgage rates (4.52%) and Colorado mortgage rates (4.54%) were the lowest. California mortgage rates were the most requested among all states.