US mortgage rates edge lower; 30-year rate at 4.71 percent

  • This Sept. 21, 2018 photo shows a for sale sign in front of a home in north Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, Oct. 4, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week, taking a pause after five straight weeks of increases.