Mortgage Rates Close in on Record Lows

June 3, 2010

Source: Freddie Mac

According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.78 percent for the week ending May 27, down from the week earlier when it averaged 4.84 percent.

Last year at this time, the 30-year rate averaged 4.91 percent. Rates have not been lower since the week ending December 3, 2009, when it averaged 4.71 percent.
"These low rates will help to elevate home-buyer affordability and soften the effects of the sunset of the home-buyer tax credit," Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, said in a statement. "The credit substantially propelled home sales, as reflected in the strength of the April existing and new home sales, which were up 7.6 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively."
Nothaft says the latest information from Freddie Mac's repeat-transactions home-price indexes also show some encouraging signs, with national metrics either slowing their descent or showing a modest rise, suggesting that the sharp downturn in national indexes since 2006 may be nearing an end.
Here's some more data from Freddie Mac's weekly survey:
The 15-year fixed mortgage rate this week averaged 4.21 percent with an average 0.7 point , down from last week when it averaged 4.24 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year rate averaged 4.53 percent. The 15-year rate has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking the data in August of 1991.
The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.97 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.91 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.82 percent. The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.95 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.00 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.69 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been lower since the week ending May 27, 2004 when it averaged 3.87 percent.

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