After a notable run-up, both fixed and adjustable mortgage rates are taking a breather, reports Bankrate.com. Mortgage rates moved down slightly with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipping to 4.13 percent and the average 15-year fixed mortgage sliding to 3.35 percent.
Adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) have lowered as well, with the 5-year ARM down to 3.22 percent, and the 7-year ARM settling at 3.45 percent. The jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage retreated to 4.14 percent.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), while acknowledging the likelihood of an initial interest rate hike later this year, did emphasize that further economic improvement still needs to be seen and that the trajectory of interest rates will be gradual. This has calmed the nerves of bond investors, causing both bond yields and mortgage rates to settle after a period of volatility.
Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds, which fluctuate based on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and inflation.