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Thirty-Year Rates Drop to 4.32 Percent and 15-Year Rates Hit All-Time Low of 3.75 Percent

Sep 30, 2010

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS). The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate dropped to tie the survey’s all-time low at 4.32 percent, and the 15-year fixed-rate set another record low of 3.75 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.32 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending Sept. 30, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 4.37 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.94 percent. The 15-year FRM this week averaged a record low of 3.75 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.82 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.36 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.52 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.54 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 4.42 percent. “Confidence in the state of the economy fell among consumers and businesses, which led to a decline in long-term bond yields and brought many mortgage rates to record lows this week," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. "The September Consumer Confidence Index by the Conference Board fell to the lowest level since February of this year, while the Business Roundtable CEO Business Outlook for the third quarter was the weakest in the past four quarters. Consequently, rates for the 15-year fixed mortgage and the 5-year hybrid ARM reached new all-time lows and rates for 30-year fixed mortgages tied its record set just four weeks ago." The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.48 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.46 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 4.49 percent. “Homeowners have regained $1.0 trillion in home equity as of the second quarter of 2010 after losing more than $7.5 trillion over the three-year period ending in the first quarter of 2009, the Federal Reserve Board reported," said Nothaft. "This, in part, strengthened household balance sheets and reduced serious mortgage delinquencies. For instance, first mortgages 90-days delinquent or worse fell to 3.16 percent in August from 4.76 percent a year prior and was the lowest rate since June 2008, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.” For more information, visit www.freddiemac.com.
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