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Low Interest Rates

December 7, 2008

Daily Real Estate News | December 5, 2008 |

Mortgage Rates Take a Big Dip This Week

For the week ended Dec. 3, Freddie Mac reported the lowest interest on 30-year fixed home loans since late January.

Source: Realty Times (12/05/08)

The rate came in at an average of 5.53 percent, down from 5.97 percent the previous week and 5.96 percent a year ago; while 15-year fixed mortgages settled at 5.33 percent compared to 5.74 percent last week and 5.65 percent in the year-earlier period.

Borrowing costs for short-term loans also were lower, with one-year adjustable-rate mortgages dipping to 5.02 percent from 5.18 percent a week ago and 5.46 percent a year ago.

Five-year hybrid ARMs, meanwhile, fell to 5.77 percent from 5.86 percent last week and 5.75 percent during the same period of last year.

Source: Realty Times (12/05/08)

LONG-TERM MORTGAGE RATES PLUMMET: SHORT-TERM FALL BUT NOT AS DRAMATICALLY

Thursday, December 04, 2008 – Freddie Mac

McLEAN, VA — Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.53 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 3, 2008, down from last week when it averaged 5.97 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.96 percent. The 30-year FRM has not been lower since January 24, 2008, when it was 5.48 percent. .

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 5.33 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.74 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.65 percent. The 15-year FRM has not been since March 20, 2008, when it averaged 5.27 percent.

Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 5.77 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.86 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.75 percent.

One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 5.02 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.18 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.46 percent.

“After Federal Reserve actions to increase liquidity in the mortgage market, interest rates for fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) took a dive,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. “This week’s decline was the largest since the week of November 27, 1981, 2008, and 30-year FRM rates are now almost a full percentage point lower since the last week in October, 2008.”

“The recent plunge in rates contributed to the nearly 150 percent jump in conventional mortgage applications over the Thanksgiving week, led by almost a 300 percent surge in refinances, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Roughly three out of four mortgage applications were for refinance transactions, up from around half during the prior week.”

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