Mortgage Rates Fall With Latest Economic and Housing Reports

    Mortgage Rates Fall With Latest Economic and Housing Reports

    PR Newswire

    MCLEAN, Va., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey? (PMMS?), which shows mortgage rates falling for the second consecutive week. The 30-year fixed-rate stands at 4.78 percent; the 15-year fixed at 3.97 percent, the lowest since December 9, 2010.

    News Facts

    • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.78 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending April 28, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.80 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.06 percent. ?

    • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.97 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.02 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.39 percent. ?

    • year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.15 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.16 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.25 percent. ?

    Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following links for the Regional and National Mortgage Rate Details and Definitions.


    Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

    • "Mortgage rates followed Treasury bond yields lower this week amid weak local economic data reports on business conditions and house prices. Regional Federal Reserve Banks reported that business and manufacturing activities declined in Philadelphia, Dallas and Richmond in April. In addition, the S&P/Case-Shiller? 20-city composite home price index recorded year-over-year declines through February in 19 of the 20 markets.

    • "Declining home prices and a high level of foreclosures continue to affect housing tenure decisions. Between the third quarter of last year and the first quarter of 2011, the housing stock experienced a decline of nearly 400,000 homeowners on net, according to the Census Bureau. However, the National Association of Realtors? reported that during the same period there were almost 700,000 first-time homebuyers, which suggests gross losses may have been closer to 1.1 million homeowners over the October-through-March timeframe."

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    Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

    SOURCE Freddie Mac