Quantitative easing was good for fixed rate mortgages this week as the Federal Reserve’s bond buying program pushed interest rates substantially lower this week according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending September 26th, 2013.
Fixed Rate Mortgages:
Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages declined again this week with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage falling by 25 basis points to an average of 4.32 percent with an average of 0.7 points. Last week the average rate fell seven basis points from the previous week. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.40 percent.
Average 30-year fixed rates were generally the lowest in the Western portion of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 4.27 percent while the highest rates were reported in the Southwestern area of the country where interest rates averaged 4.37 percent.
The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage was 3.37 percent this week with an average of 0.7 points, down from an average of 3.54 percent last week. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.73 percent.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages:
Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages followed fixed rates this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaging 3.07 percent, with an average of 0.5 points, down from an average of 3.11 percent last week. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.71 percent a year earlier.
The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.63 percent with an average of 0.4 points, down from an average of 2.65 last week. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.60 percent.
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Reported by Shirley Allen