October 28 2010 (Chris Moore)
Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), which found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate rose slightly for the second consecutive time in six weeks. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rate also rose slightly while the 5-year ARM set another low, and the 1-year ARM tied last week’s low.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.23 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending October 28, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.21 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.03 percent.
- 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.66 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.64 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.46 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.41 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.45 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.42 percent. The 5-year ARM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking it in January 2005.
- 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.30 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.57 percent . The 1-year ARM ties last week’s low.
Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist ofFreddie Mac, stated, “Mixed economic data releases left mortgage rates little changed this week. Consumer confidence increased slightly in October, according to The Conference Board, but still remains at low levels. Based on the S&P/Case-Shiller® 20-city composite index, house prices fell 0.3 percent between July and August, while the purchase-only index by the Federal Housing Finance Agency showed a 0.4 percent gain over the same period.
“Historically low rates are supporting home sales and reducing the excess stock of homes available for sale. Existing home sales, including condominiums and co-ops, rose for the second consecutive month in September, up almost 18.0 percent over July’s low. Similarly, sales of new homes had back-to-back increases and were 7.7 percent above July. The inventory of new homes for sale has either stayed the same or declined every month of this year.”