U.S. Mortgage Rates Slip Slightly With 30-Year Loan at 2.96%


Mortgage rates in the U.S. dipped, with the average for a 30-year loan at 2.96%.

That was down from 2.99% from last week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. Rates have been hovering right around 3% for about two months.

Mortgage rates have been hovering near 3% for about two months

Historically low rates continue to give Americans an incentive to buy a home, even as many potential buyers struggle to find affordable properties. Current borrowers have been able to save money by refinancing.

The cheaper borrowing costs have fueled frenzied demand for houses during the pandemic. That’s helped push up prices as buyers compete for a dearth of available properties.

The record low for a 30-year fixed loan was 2.65%, reached in January.