After weeks of escalating borrowing costs, home buyers are getting a second chance to lock in lower rates. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to an average just below 5% for the week ending Aug. 4, Freddie Mac reports.
With rates dipping in recent days, mortgage applications are increasing for the first time in five weeks, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this week. Applications for a home purchase increased 1% last week following weeks of declines as home buyers and refinancers got spooked by higher mortgage rates. Read more