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Freddie Mac PMMS: 30-year fixed rate remains below five percent

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Oct 15, 2009

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.92 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 15, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 4.87 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.46 percent. The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.37 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.33 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 6.14 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.38 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.35 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 6.14 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.60 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.53 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 5.16 percent. Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage. “Mortgage rates rose slightly over the week, but rates on 30-year fixed mortgages remained below five percent for the third consecutive week,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. “Homeowners are taking advantage of these low rates to refinance their current balances. Over the past five weeks ending Oct. 9, more than three out five mortgage applications were for refinancing, according the Mortgage Bankers Association. The outlook on economic growth in the second half of this year has improved over the past few months. At its Sept. 22-23 monetary policy meetings, the Federal Reserve increased its forecast for real GDP growth from the last meeting in mid-August. They noted that data from the housing sector indicated that a gradual recovery in activity was under way. The modest strengthening came about, in part, to improvements in housing affordability stemming from low interest rates for conforming loans and a lower level of house prices." For more information, visit FreddieMac.com.
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