30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.42 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending August 19, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 4.44 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.12 percent.
The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged a record low of 3.90 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.92 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.56 percent.
Five-year indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages ARMs: Averaged 3.56 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, unchanged from last week when it also averaged 3.56 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.57 percent.
One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: Average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week when it also averaged 3.53 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.69 percent.
The housing market is in a lull following the expiration of the homebuyer tax credits. Single-family starts fell for the third straight month in July to an annual pace of 432,000 homes, the fewest since May 2009. In addition, homebuilder confidence fell for the third consecutive month in August to the lowest since March 2009, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index . Even confidence among realtors was at a 16-month low in June, according to the National Association of Realtors
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