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U.S. Mortgage Rates Remain at Historic Lows

U.S. Mortgage Rates Remain at Historic Lows

Based on Freddie Mac latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), mortgage rates declining amid continued weak economic and housing data. While the 30-year fixed held steady, the 5-year ARM set a new all-time record low having fallen for the eighth consecutive week and now standing at 2.96 percent.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac said, "Weaker economic data reports eased upward pressure on mortgage rates this week and kept them at or near all-time record lows. The economy grew at a slower rate of 1 percent in the second quarter than was originally reported due to a smaller increase in inventories and fewer exports. In addition, consumer confidence in August fell to the lowest reading since April 2009, according to The Conference Board."

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.22 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending September 1, 2011, matching last week when it also averaged 4.22 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 3.39 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.44 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.83 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.96 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.07 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.54 percent.

1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.89 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.93 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 3.50 percent.

Nothaft further commented, "Recently released data on the housing market also showed less strength as well. The S&P/Case-Shiller National Index fell 5.9 percent between the second quarters of 2010 and 2011, representing the largest yearly decrease since the third quarter of 2009. Moreover, July's pending sales of existing homes fell at a monthly rate of 1.3 percent, the first decline since April 2011."

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