How Low Will Mortgage Rates Go?

How Low Will Mortgage Rates Go?

Mortgage rates continue to drop for the sixth straight week. How much lower can they go?

For the last several weeks, it seems as though the mortgage rates are playing a game of limbo...and winning. Every time you look at the most current mortgage rates for fixed rate loans, they have dropped below the historic lows that they were already at.

According to Freddie Mac, one of the leading companies that tracks mortgage rates, you can get a mortgage loan for 4.54 percent right now if you qualify. That means that if you have great credit, a good income and at least 20 percent to put down on your home, you may be able to get this historically low rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. That rate is down about 0.02 percent from last week’s ending rate and down from the 5.25 percent rate that they were at one year ago.

If you are looking for an even lower rate, a 15-year fixed mortgage is at 4 percent for qualified buyers. That’s a 0.03 percent drop from last week’s rates and it’s a 0.69 percent drop from the rates from one year ago.

While these rates are super low, these aren’t the lowest rates you can get. If you shop around and you are a qualified home buyer, you may be able to find rates even lower than those if you are willing to check with various mortgage lenders before making your purchase. However, because of the recent mortgage problems we’ve had in the United States, lenders are being much more careful about who they loan money to. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have tightened the restrictions surrounding the types of loans they will purchase and guarantee. This means that mortgage lenders have to tighten their standards as well.

This means that you may not be able to qualify for these low rates even if you have had a mortgage for years and you are looking to refinance. Self-employed homeowners wishing to refinance so they can make home improvements are getting turned down for the best rates even though they have a good track record of payments. Many lenders are not offering premium loans and rates to the self-employed because they pose a higher risk than the homeowners and home buyers who have traditional jobs.

So as rates continue to drop, the question must be asked: How low are they really going to go? There was a time just a couple months ago when we thought mortgage rates wouldn’t go back down for a while. Now they are at their lowest levels yet and they have dropped for six straight weeks. How much lower do you think they can get?


  • Shorebreak

    August 04, 2010

    If we are following the Japanese lost decade, as it appears we are going, look for 30 year mortgage rates to drop into the two percent range.

  • Average Homeowner

    August 05, 2010

    Who cares? Nobody can qualify anyways. Too many people are either underwater, or refinanced not too long ago.

  • Arthus

    August 06, 2010

    Rates will continue to drop. The unemployment picture looks terrible. Deflation is taking hold which means rate on a 30 year could drop below 2%.

  • Sol Nasisi

    August 11, 2010

    The Fed just announced it was going to reinvest principle payments on bonds that mature into longer-term treasury securities and potentially mortgage backed securities. That will only put more downward pressure on rates.

  • Hoping for USDA

    August 11, 2010

    I have a question: I am in the process of applying for a USDA Loan in SC. I am being told my rate would be as of yesterday 4.3%. This is new construction and I can't lock in until 60 days before completion which means a lock date of about end of September. Does this mean I could possibly see below 4%? Also the builder is giving me $3500.00 towards buying the rate down.

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