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Mortgage Rates Drop Further to 3.62 Percent for the Week

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jul 05, 2012

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) continuing to find new all-time record lows amid recent data showing less consumer spending and a contraction in the manufacturing industry. The 30-year FRM averaged 3.62 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending July 5, 2012, down from last week when it averaged 3.66 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.60 percent. bThe average 30-year FRM has matched or hit a new record low in 10 of the last 11 weeks. The 15-year FRM averaged 2.89 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.94 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.75 percent. "Recent economic data releases of less consumer spending and a contraction in the manufacturing industry drove long-term Treasury bond yields lower over the week and allowed fixed mortgage rates to hit new all-time record lows," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. "Growth in personal expenditures was revised downward to an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in the final GDP estimates for the first quarter of the year. In addition, monthly consumer spending in April was revised from a 0.3 percent gain to 0.1 percent and was unchanged in May. Finally, the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing shrank in June, the first decline since July 2009." The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.79 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, the same as last week. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 3.30 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.68 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.74 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 3.01 percent.
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