Mortgage rates skid to lowest level in a year

Tony DiGioia, of Sign Lab of Las Vegas, instals a sign outside a property for sale in August in North Las Vegas.

Mortgage rates skidded last week to the lowest level in a year.

Freddie Mac said the 30-year benchmark mortgage rate fell 10 basis points to 4.31% in the week ending March 14.

The 15-year fixed rate fell to 3.76% from 3.83%, while the 5-year hybrid adjustable rate mortgage fell to 3.84% from 3.87%.

“Mortgage rates declined decisively this week amid various market reports, a strong bond auction and further uncertainty around the Brexit deal, which all contributed to driving bond yields lower,” said Sam Khater, chief economist of Freddie Mac, in a statement.

Housing activity has been lackluster since the summer, with new-home sales falling in January. Rates would have to drop significantly lower to spur new activity.

In the first quarter, the effective mortgage rate for all homeowners was

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