Mortgage Rates at Lowest Level of the Year

Excerpt from a recent Freddie Mac Press Release dated May 13, 2010.  For more information click here.

Mortgage Rates at Lowest Level of the Year

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2010
Contact: corprel@freddiemac.com
or (703) 903-3933

Short-Term Rates Fall As Well

McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.93 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 13, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.00 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.86 percent. The 30-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 10, 2009, when it averaged 4.81 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.30 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.36 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.52 percent. The 15-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 3, 2009 when it averaged 4.27 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.95 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.97 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.82 percent. The 5-year ARM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking the 5-year ARM in January of 2005.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.02 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.07 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.71 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been lower since the week ending November 4, 2004, when it averaged 4.00 percent.

(Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage.)

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