Fixed-Rates Hit 3.56 Percent and Remain Below the Four Percent Mark for 16th Consecutive Week
Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.56 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 12, 2012, down from last week when it averaged 3.62 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.51 percent. The average 30-year fixed has been below the four percent mark for 16 weeks. Also this week, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.86 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.89 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.65 percent. The average 15-year fixed has been below three percent for seven weeks. "Following a lackluster employment report for June, long-term U.S. Treasury bond yields eased somewhat this week allowing fixed mortgage rates to reach yet another record low. Only 80,000 net new jobs were added to the economy last month, not enough to lower the unemployment rate from 8.2 percent," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. "This was the concern of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting held June 19-20. Minutes released from that meeting on July 11, revealed that a few members felt further monetary stimulus was needed to promote satisfactory growth in employment to meet the Committee's goal." The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.74 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.79 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 3.29 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.69 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.68 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 2.95 percent.