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Fixed-Rates Back on the Rise at 3.55 Percent

Aug 02, 2012

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing fixed mortgages rates breaking their streak of record-breaking lows and moving higher on mixed Eurozone and domestic economic data. Before this week, the average rate on the 30-year fixed had fallen to or matched record-low levels in 13 of the past 14 weeks. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.55 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending Aug. 2, 2012, up from last week when it averaged 3.49 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.39 percent.  Also this week, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.83 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.80 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent. "Recent announcements of additional debt relief for the Eurozone and mixed domestic economic indicators added upward pressure on Treasury yields as well as mortgage rates this week," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac. "The U.S. economy grew at a 1.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, slower than the two percent growth in the first quarter with consumer spending in June unchanged from May. However, consumer confidence rose in July for the first time in five months according to The Conference Board." The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.75 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.74 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 3.18 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.70 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.71 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 3.02 percent.  "Housing data were also assorted," said Nothaft. "The S&P-500 Case Shiller 20-City Composite Index rose for the fourth consecutive month in May with 18 of the cities experiencing positive growth. Nonetheless, pending home sales fell 1.4 percent in June, below the market consensus forecast of a 0.3 percent increase, and May's figure had a downward revision."
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