No big changes in mortgage rates this week: Long- and short-term rates all lower than same time last yearMortgagePress.comFreddie Mac, Primary Mortgage Market Survey
Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market
Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM)
averaged 5.88 percent with an average 0.4 point for the week ending
April 10, 2008, unchanged from last week when it averaged 5.88
percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.22
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 5.42 percent with an average
0.4 point, unchanged from last week when it averaged 5.42 percent.
A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.90 percent.
Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages
(ARMs) averaged 5.56 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point,
down from last week when it averaged 5.59 percent. A year ago, the
5-year ARM averaged 5.93 percent.
One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 5.18 percent this week
with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it was 5.19
percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.47
percent. Average commitment rates should be reported along with
average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the
"Once again, mortgage rates held relatively steady this week
amid release of subdued economic data," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie
Mac vice president and chief economist. "For example, pending
existing home sales hit the lowest value since its introduction in
January 2001, presaging additional weakness in single-family home
sales over the upcoming months. Further, the economy lost 80,000
jobs in March, more than the market had anticipated, and the prior
two months were revised downward as well.
"Meanwhile, house sales prices have fallen in most metropolitan
areas, although there have been price gains in some areas. Just
over half of the 150 large cities across the nation experienced
negative annual house price growth in 2007, according the National
Association of Realtors. The largest yearly drop of 18.8 percent
occurred in Lansing, Mich., while Cumberland, Md., experienced the
strongest growth at 19.0 percent."
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