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Interest rates for fixed mortgages turned downward this week according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending March 20th, 2014.

Fixed Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages were lower this week with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreasing by five basis points to an average of 4.32 percent with an average of 0.6 points. Last week the average rate increased by nine basis points. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.54 percent.

Average 30-year fixed rates were generally the lowest in the Western portion of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 4.28 percent while the highest rates were reported in the Southeastern area of the country where interest rates averaged 4.37 percent.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage was 3.32 percent this week with an average of 0.6 points, down from an average of 3.38 percent the previous week. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.72 percent.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages were mixed this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaging 3.02 percent, with an average of 0.4 points, down from an average of 3.09 percent last week. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.61 percent a year ago.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.49 percent with an average of 0.4 points, up from last week’s average of 2.48 percent. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.63 percent.

Freddie Mac PMMS 03-21-14

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Reported by Shirley Allen