Freddie Mac reports a slight drop in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to 5.06 percent during the week ended April 29 from 5.07 percent the prior week. A year ago, rates were just under 5 percent.

The 15-year fixed mortgage rate held steady at 4.39 percent, while the five-year adjustable mortgage rate dipped to 4 percent from 4.03 percent. The one-year ARM rate rose slightly to 4.25 percent from 4.22 percent.