By Aarthi Swaminathan
The numbers: Mortgage rates took a breather from its march towards 7% this week, as the economic outlook looks uncertain .
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.66% as of Oct. 6, according to data released by Freddie Mac on Thursday.
That’s down 4 basis points from the previous week — one basis point is equal to one hundredth of a percentage point, or 1% of 1%.
Last week, the 30-year was at 6.7%.
It’s worth noting that Mortgage News Daily , which follows day-to-day movement in mortgage rates, is noting that the 30-year is at 6.95%.
Though rates have come down as per Freddie Mac — albeit ever so slightly — overall, mortgage rates are still high relative to where they were a year ago.
Last year, the 30-year was averaging at 2.99%.
“Rates remain quite high compared to just one year ago,” Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac, said in a statement, “meaning housing continues to be expensive for potential home buyers.”
This October, the average rate on the 15-year mortgage also dropped slightly to 5.9%
The adjustable-rate mortgage, or ARM, averaged 5.36%, up from the prior week. Interest in ARMs is rising, with the share of ARMs as a percentage of all mortgage applications for purchases of a home rising to 12%, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. That’s the highest level it’s reached since 2008.
Overall, mortgage applications fell significantly in the latest week , as buyers pulled back amid higher rates, and also due to the hurricane-induced closures in Florida.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note /zigman2/quotes/211347051/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD10Y -4.86% rose to 3.8% in morning trading on Thursday.
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