Mortgage Rates Match Record Lows This Week

January 6, 2012

With signs of an improving housing market, mortgage rates took another dip this week, matching at or near the all-time record lows, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

For the fifth consecutive week, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have averaged below 4 percent, which was unheard of until a few months ago. 

"Fixed mortgage rates started the year a little lower this week just as recent data reports indicate the housing market and manufacturing industry are showing signs of improvement,” Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said in a statement. Pending home sales for existing-homes soared 7.3 percent in November — its strongest pace since April 2010, the National Association of REALTORS® recently reported. Construction spending also increased in November by 1.2 percent — all serving as positive signs that housing is on the rebound.

Here’s a closer look at rates for the week ending Jan. 5: 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.8 point, matching its previous record low that it set a few weeks ago. Last week, 30-year rates averaged 3.95 percent and a year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.77 percent. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.23 percent, with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 3.24 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year mortgages averaged 4.13 percent. 
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.86 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 2.88 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.75 percent. 
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.80 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, inching up slightly from last week’s 2.78 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 3.24 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac

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