According to Freddie Mac's (NYSE:FRE) latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.78 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 27, 2010. This is down from last week when it averaged 4.84 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.91 percent. The 30-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 3, 2009, when it averaged 4.71 percent.
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.21 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.24 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.53 percent. The 15-year FRM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking the 15-year FRM in August of 1991.
The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.97 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.91 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.82 percent.
The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.95 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.00 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.69 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been lower since the week ending May 27, 2004 when it averaged 3.87 percent.
"These low rates will help to elevate home-buyer affordability and soften the effects of the sunset of the home-buyer tax credit," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. "The credit substantially propelled home sales, as reflected in the strength of the April existing and new home sales, which were up 7.6 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.
"The latest information from Freddie Mac's repeat-transactions home-price indexes also shows some encouraging signs, with national metrics either slowing their descent or showing a modest rise, suggesting that the sharp downturn in national indexes since 2006 may be nearing an end. The S&P/Case-Shiller Index for the United States was up 2.0 percent year-over-year, and while the FHFA Purchase-Only Index and Freddie Mac's Conventional Mortgage Purchase-Only indexes showed declines of 3.1 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively, from first quarter of 2009 to first quarter of 2010, the FHFA's monthly U.S. index showed a pickup in values from February to March."
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