Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages posted their first increase since the end of March according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending May 9th, 2013.
Fixed Rate Mortgages:
Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages increased for the first time in six weeks with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage increasing seven basis points this week to 3.42 percent with an average of 0.7 points. Mortgage rates for the 30-year fixed mortgage have been under four percent for 59 consecutive weeks. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.83 percent.
Average 30-year rates were generally the lowest in the Western portion of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 3.38 percent while the highest rates were reported in the Northeastern area of the country where interest rates averaged 3.45 percent.
The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage also increased this week after hitting a new record low last week, climbing to 2.61 percent with an average of 0.7 points from an average of 2.56 percent last week. Mortgage rates for the 15-year fixed mortgage have been under three percent for 50 consecutive weeks. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.05 percent.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages:
Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages were mixed this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM rising slightly to 2.58 percent, with an average of 0.5 points, up from last week’s record low average of 2.56 percent. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.81 percent a year earlier.
The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.53 percent with an average of 0.4 points, down from last week’s average of 2.56 percent. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.70 percent.
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Reported by Shirley Allen