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Brexit Effect: Mortgage Rates Tumble; 30-year Approaches Record Low

June 27, 2016
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Across the board, mortgage rates are plummeting. Lenders began slashing their terms Friday, and that trend continues today. According to the NerdWallet Mortgage Rate Index Monday morning, 30-year mortgages have been the beneficiary of the most discounting.

It’s continuing fallout following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last week. The “Brexit” is rocking global stock markets as investors rush to bonds. As the 10-year Treasury gains favor, its price rises, but the yield falls — and mortgage rates are quickly approaching record lows.

“The fact that the Federal Reserve has referenced the potential exit of the U.K. from the EU as a risk factor affecting the decision on the direction of U.S. monetary policy means the Fed will very likely be on hold for some time as it observes the impact on U.S. and global financial markets and economic activity,” Doug Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae, said. “Low for long. This has been our view and continues to be our view. We expect mortgage rates will more likely fall than rise and will exhibit increased volatility.”

Meanwhile, homeowners looking to lower their mortgage rate can shop refinance lenders here.

NerdWallet compiles annual percentage rates — lender interest rates plus fees — the most accurate way for consumers to compare rates. Here are today’s average rates for the most popular loan terms:

Mortgage Rates: June 27, 2016

(Change from 6/24)

30-year fixed: 3.64% APR (-0.09)

15-year fixed: 3.03% APR (-0.04)

5/1 ARM: 3.31% APR (-0.02)


Wells Fargo, Chase and BOA mortgage rates

Three major components of the NerdWallet Mortgage Rate Index are leading lenders Wells Fargo, Chase and Bank of America. Each is discounting its home loans as a result of the Brexit vote:

Mortgage Rates 6/27

 30-year fixed15-year fixed5/1 ARM
Wells Fargo3.68% APR3.05% APR3.34% APR
Chase3.45% APR2.79% APR3.31% APR
Bank of America3.66% APRN/A3.29% APR

NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the lowest published APR for each loan term offered by a sampling of major national lenders. Annual percentage rate quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providing a more accurate view of the costs a borrower might pay.

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Hal Bundrick is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @halmbundrick