mortgage refinance

Mortgage Rates Fall to New Record Low: 4.27%

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to a bargain-basement 4.27% for the week ending Oct. 7, a new record low, Freddie Mac announced Thursday. That's down from the 4.32% rate last week, and way below the 4.87% rate that prevailed at this time last year.

Mortgage Applications Drop 1.4%

Mortgage applications fell 1.4% in the week ending Sept. 17, dragged down by a decline in the number of applications for loans to purchase houses. Applications for loans to purchase a home dropped 3.3% from a week earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis, The Mortgage Bankers Association said. Applications for loans to refinance a home dropped 0.9%.