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Freddie Mac Reports 30-Year Mortgages at All Time Lows

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By Michael Gerrity | November 25, 2009 11:30 AM ET



15-Year FRM Drops to Set Another New Low in Freddie Mac Survey History

(MCLEAN, VA) -- Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today reported the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.78 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending November 25, 2009, down from last week when it averaged 4.83 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.97 percent. The 30-year has not been this low since the week ending April 30, 2009, when it averaged 4.78 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.29 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.32 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.74 percent. The 15-year FRM has never been this low since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 1991.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.18 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.25 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.86 percent. The 5-year ARM has never been this low since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 2005.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.35 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week when it averaged 4.35 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.18 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been this low since the week ending July 7, 2005, when it averaged 4.33 percent.

"Long-term mortgage rates eased for the fourth consecutive week to record levels," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist." Interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgage loans tied an all-time record low while both 15-year fixed mortgages and 5-year ARMs broke their corresponding records. Interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate loans are currently 0.8 percentage points below this year's peak set in mid-June, which shaves roughly $100 off the monthly payments on a $200,000 mortgage.

"House prices are slowly beginning to firm now. For instance, annual house price declines slowed for the sixth consecutive month in September, down only 3 percent, and represented the smallest decline since February 2008, according the Federal Housing Finance Agency's purchase-only house price index. Moreover, 11 of the 20 major metropolitan areas experienced monthly house price increases between August and September, based on the S&P/Case-Shiller® 20-city house price indexes."

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

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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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