March 5, 2009

Freddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Update: MORTGAGE RATES UP

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 5.15 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 5, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 5.07 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.03 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.72 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.68 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.47 percent.

Five-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: Averaged 5.08 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 5.06 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.34 percent

One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: Averaged 4.86 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.94 percent.

From the Freddie Mac Site

Mortgage rates followed bond yields higher this week following reports of record continuing jobless claims and a downward revision in economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2008, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.

Real Gross Domestic Product was revised from a 3.8 percent decline to a 6.2 percent drop in the fourth quarter mostly led by a 4.3 percent fall in consumer spending, which was the largest decrease since the second quarter of 1980. The housing market continues to slow as well. New home sales fell 10.2 percent in January to the slowest pace since records began in January 1963 while pending existing home sales slowed by 7.7 percent, the weakest since the series began in January 2001. More recently the Federal Reserve noted in its March 4th regional economic report that residential real estate markets remained in the doldrums in most areas, with only scattered, very tentative signs of stabilization..

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