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Rates hover in the five percent range according to Freddie Mac

Dec 17, 2009

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.94 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 17, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.19 percent. The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.38 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.32 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.92 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.37 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.26 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 5.60 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.34 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.24 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 4.94 percent. Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage. “Mortgage rates followed bond yields higher once again this week amid signs of an improving economy,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. “On the consumer side, retail sales jumped 1.3 percent in November and consumer sentiment, as measured by the University of Michigan, rose above the market consensus forecast to the highest reading since September. Industrial production also showed large gains in November. Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have remained below five percent over the past seven weeks and are contributing to a wave of refinance activity. Roughly three out of four mortgage applications were for refinancing during the first two weeks of December, according the Mortgage Bankers Association.” For more information, visit  
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