Fixed Mortgage Rates Holding Steady

Mortgage interest rates continued to show little movement this week with fixed mortgage rates holding steady from the previous week while adjustable mortgage rates increased slightly according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending August 15th, 2013.

Fixed Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages essentially remained unchanged with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage holding steady at an average of 4.40 percent with an average of 0.7 points after increasing by one basis point last week. Mortgage rates have increased by 105 basis points over the last 15 weeks. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.62 percent.

Average 30-year fixed rates were generally the lowest in the Western portion of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 4.36 percent while the highest rates were reported in the Southwestern area of the country where interest rates averaged 4.46 percent.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage was 3.44 percent this week with an average of 0.6 points, up from an average of 3.43 percent the last week. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.88 percent.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages were up slightly this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaging 3.23 percent, with an average of 0.5 points, up from an average of 3.19 percent last week. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.76 percent a year earlier.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.67 percent with an average of 0.4 points, down from an average of 2.62 percent. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.69 percent.

Freddie Mac PMMS 08-16-13

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Source:
Freddie Mac

Reported by Shirley Allen