U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise Again, Third Week in a Row

U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise Again, Third Week in a Row

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By Michael Gerrity | December 2, 2010 2:07 PM ET

According to Freddie Mac's (OTC: FMCC) latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey  (PMMS), both fixed- and shorter-term mortgage rates rose this week. This was the third week in a row where fixed-rate mortgage rates were up.

Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft said, "Mortgage rates followed bond yields higher this week as recently released economic data suggest the economy may be stronger this quarter than the previous. Regional manufacturing indexes for Dallas, Chicago and Milwaukee all rose in November. In addition, the Federal Reserve noted that 10 of its 12 regions saw improvement through mid-November in its December 1st regional economic review."

Report Highlights Include:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.46 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending December 2, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.40 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.71 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.81 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.77 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.27 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.49 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.45 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.19 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.25 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.25 percent.

Nothaft further commented, "House prices indices, however, are trending downwards. The 12-month growth rate in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index eased from 1.7 percent in August to 0.6 percent in September. Only six of the cities had positive annual growth, compared to nine in August."

Freddie Mac defines its regions as follows:

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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