Freddie Mac survey: Long- and short-term mortgage rates take a welcome plungeMortgagePress.comFreddie Mac, PMMS, Primary Mortgage Market Survey
Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage
Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM)
averaged 6.26 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending
July 17, 2008, down from last week when it averaged 6.37 percent.
Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.73 percent.
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 5.78 percent with an average
0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.91 percent. A
year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 6.38 percent.
Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages
(ARMs) averaged 5.80 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point,
down from last week when it averaged 5.82 percent. A year ago, the
5-year ARM averaged 6.35 percent.
One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 5.10 percent this week
with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged
5.17 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged
5.72 percent. Average commitment rates should be reported along
with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining
"Mortgage rates fell this week amid market speculation that the
Federal Reserve (Fed) may not raise the overnight bank-lending rate
this year after all," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice
president and chief economist. "Some of the factors motivating the
change in market perceptions this week included retail sales for
June rising at the slowest pace since February and consumer
sentiment in July holding at low levels not seen since 1980.
"In addition, in his July 15th semi-annual testimony before
Congress, Fed chairman Bernanke indicated that the FOMC
participants had considerable uncertainty surrounding their outlook
for economic growth."
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