Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows As Home Construction Builds Up Steam
Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates edging slightly lower with the 30-year fixed averaging 3.37 percent, just above its all-time record low of 3.36 percent, and the average 15-year fixed dipping to a new all-time record low at 2.66 percent.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 3.37 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 18, 2012, down from last week when it averaged 3.39 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.11 percent.
- 15-year fixed rate mortgages this week averaged 2.66 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.70 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.38 percent.
- 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) averaged 2.75 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.73 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.01 percent.
Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.
“Mortgage rates remained more or less unchanged this week as home construction builds up steam. Construction on single-family homes jumped to an annualized rate of 11 percent in August, the strongest pace since August 2008. Over the first nine months of the year, single-family starts were 23 percent higher than the same period last year. Moreover, home builder confidence rose for the sixth consecutive month in October to the highest level since June 2006, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.”
Freddie Mac’s survey is the average of loans bought from lenders last week, including discount points. Applicants must pay all closing costs at these rates. No cost loan rates higher.
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