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Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary
Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate
mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.35 percent with an average 0.7 point for
the week ending September 4, 2008, down from last week when it
averaged 6.40 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM
averaged 6.46 percent.
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 5.90 percent with an average
0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.93 percent. A
year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 6.15 percent.
Five-year treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs)
averaged 5.97 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down
from last week when it averaged 6.03 percent. A year ago, the
five-year ARM averaged 6.32 percent.
One-year treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 5.15 percent this week
with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged
5.33 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.74
percent. (Average commitment rates should be reported along with
average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the
"Mortgage rates eased a bit over the holiday-shortened week
following release of economic data that suggest consumer spending
may slow," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief
economist. "The economy grew at an upwardly revised 3.3 percent
pace in the second quarter, boosted by the smallest trade deficit
in eight years, and residential fixed investment slowed growth by
0.6 percent, the least amount since the same period a year ago.
However, personal income fell 0.7 percent in July, the first
decline since August 2005 and will likely slow consumer spending in
the third quarter."
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