The silver lining amid the China trade war? Lower mortgage rates


US-China trade dispute may cause the Fed to cut rates

Former Dallas Fed advisor Danielle DiMartino Booth, Wall Street Journal assistant editorial page editor James Freeman and Layfield Report CEO John Layfield on whether the U.S.-China trade dispute will push the Federal Reserve into lowering interest rates.

On the heels of continued trade tensions with China, mixed economic data and volatile markets, there is one silver lining for Americans: Lower home mortgage interest rates.

Earlier this week, the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell four basis points, according to Mortgage News Daily.


The dip in mortgage rates is common when cash flows out of stocks and into bonds. The average lender ended the day with the lowest rates in more than a year, according to the report.

And, if bond markets hold steady on Friday, mortgage rates are expected to be even lower.

Here are the most prevalent rates as of Thursday:

  • 30YR FIXED – 4.0-4.125%
  • FHA/VA – 4.0%
  • 15 YEAR FIXED – 3.875% 
  • 5 YEAR ARMS –  3.875-4.25% depending on the lender
Source: Fox Business

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