Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Lower

Interest rates for fixed rate mortgages edged lower this week according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending April 18th, 2013.

Fixed Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages fell for the third consecutive week with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage falling two basis points this week to 3.41 percent with an average of 0.7 points. Mortgage rates for the 30-year fixed mortgage have been under four percent for 56 consecutive weeks. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.90 percent.

Average 30-year rates were generally the lowest in the North Central and Western portions of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 3.38 percent while the highest rates were reported in the Northeastern area of the country where interest rates averaged 3.45 percent.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage also declined this week, falling to 2.64 percent with an average of 0.7 points from an average of 2.65 percent last week. Mortgage rates for the 15-year fixed mortgage have been under three percent for 47 consecutive weeks. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.13 percent.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages were mixed this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaging 2.60 percent, with an average of 0.5 points, down from an average of 2.62 percent last week. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.78 percent a year earlier.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.63 percent with an average of 0.4 points, up slightly from last week’s average of 2.62 percent. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.81 percent.

Freddie Mac Weekly Survey  04-19-13

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Source:
Freddie Mac

Reported by Shirley Allen