Mortgage Rates at Lowest Level of the Year
30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.93 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 13, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.00 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.86 percent. The 30-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 10, 2009, when it averaged 4.81 percent.
The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.30 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.36 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.52 percent. The 15-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 3, 2009 when it averaged 4.27 percent.
Five-year indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages ARMs: Averaged 3.95 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.97 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.82 percent. The 5-year ARM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking the 5-year ARM in January of 2005.
One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: Averaged 4.02 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.07 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.71 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been lower since the week ending November 4, 2004, when it averaged 4.00 percent.
Interest rates on fixed rate mortgage declined for the 5th straight week, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. The National Association of Realtors reported that median house prices are recovering in more local areas in the latest quarter. On a year over year basis for the 152 areas the association reports on, 91 metropolitan areas had positive growth in the first quarter of this year. This compares to 67 areas showing positive annual growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 and only 30 cities in the third quarter of last year.
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