Fixed-Rates Down Slightly While ARMs Are Mixed
30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 5.06 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending January 14, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.09 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.96 percent.
The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.45 percent with an average 0.6 point , down from last week when it averaged 4.50 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.65 percent.
Five-year indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages ARMs: Averaged 4.32 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.44 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.25 percent.
One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: Averaged 4.39 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.31 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.89 percent.
Interest rates for fixed rate mortgages eased a little further this week, while ARM rates were mixed, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. With fixed mortgage rates staying near a record low, many homeowners are taking the opportunity to refinance. For instance, over the past three-and-a-half months, on average more than 75 percent of conventional mortgage applications were for refinance transactions, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The Federal Reserve recently reported positive news in both the housing market and the overall state of the economy in its January 13th regional economic report, which spanned the last few months of 2009. Economic activity improved in 10 of its 12 districts. Home sales, especially for lower-priced homes, increased due in part to the homebuyer tax credit and house prices appeared to have changed little since its last report
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