U.S. Mortgage Rates Break All Time Lows, Again

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Posted by Michael Gerrity 10/07/10 1:57 PM EST

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According to Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate dropped yet again to break the survey's all-time low; the 15-year fixed-rate did the same. The 5-year ARM also set an all-time survey low.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac said, "The 12-month growth rate in the core price index for personal consumption, which the Federal Reserve closely tracks, has been drifting lower over the past six months ending in August and suggests inflation is running at a tepid pace at best. This allowed mortgage rates to ease to new or near record lows this week.

Fast Facts

•30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.27 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending October 7, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 4.32 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.87 percent.

•15-year FRM this week averaged a record low of 3.72 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.75 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.33 percent.

•5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.47 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.52 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.35 percent.

•1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.40 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.48 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.53 percent.

Frank Nothaft

Nothaft further commented, "Housing affordability increased for the second month in a row in August to tie April's level, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As a result, pending existing home sales also rose for the second consecutive month in August to the strongest pace in four months, the NAR also reported. Furthermore, since the end of August, mortgage applications for home purchases were up over 14 percent for the week ended October 1st."


Freddie Mac defines its regions as follows:

Northeast: NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT

Southeast: NC, SC, TN, KY, GA, AL, FL, MS, PR, VI

North Central: OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD

Southwest: TX, LA, NM, OK, AR, MO, KS, CO, NE, WY

West: CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, UT, ID, MT, HI, AK, GU

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