July 18 - Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average fixed mortgage rates easing along with market concerns over the Federal Reserve's bond purchase program.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.37 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 18, 2013, down from last week when it averaged 4.51 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.53 percent.
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.41 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.53 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.83 percent.
The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.17 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.26 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.69 percent.
The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.66 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.69 percent.
Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following links for the Regional and National Mortgage Rate Details and Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.
"Fixed mortgage rates fell as Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke helped ease market concerns about the Fed reducing its bond purchases," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. "During a question and answer session following a speech on July 10th, Chairman Bernanke indicated that a highly accommodative monetary policy is what's needed in the U.S. economy.
"Indications of a slowing in the economic recovery also placed downward pressure on mortgage rates. Consumer sentiment fell to a three month low in July while retail sales in June grew by only 0.4 percent, which was half of the market consensus forecast," Nothaft said. "In addition, housing starts fell in June to the slowest pace since August 2012."
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. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. For more information please visit www.FreddieMac.com and Twitter: @FreddieMac