Mortgage Rates Fall Back to Record Lows
Article by: Daily Real Estate News (September 21, 2012)
Fixed-rate mortgages are back at all-time record lows or hovering near them, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. For those who can qualify for a loan, the ultra-low mortgage rates are pushing housing affordability higher.
“Following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a new bond purchase plan, yields on mortgage-backed securities fell, bringing average fixed mortgage rates to their all-time record lows, which should aid in the ongoing housing recovery,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.
Here’s a closer look at the national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Sept. 20:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.49 percent, with an average 0.6 point, matching its all-time low. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.09 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.77 percent, with an average 0.6 point, setting a new record low this week. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.29 percent.
- 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.76 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 2.72 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.02 percent.
- 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.61 percent this week, with an average 0.4 point, holding the same as last week. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.82 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac; Daily Real Estate News | Blog distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions, member of Pilkerton Realtors, residential real estate services located in Nashville, Tennessee