30-year Fixed-rate Mortgage Moves Up, Averages 3.55 Percent

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.55 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending August 2, 2012, up from last week when it averaged 3.49 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.39 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.83 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.80 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent. 
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.75 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.74 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.18 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.70 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.71 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 3.02 percent.  

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Quotes

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

  • "Recent announcements of additional debt relief for the Eurozone and mixed domestic economic indicators added upward pressure on Treasury yields as well as mortgage rates this week. The U.S. economy grew at a 1.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, slower than the 2.0 percent growth in the first quarter with consumer spending in June unchanged from May. However, consumer confidence rose in July for the first time in five months according to The Conference Board.
  • "Housing data were also assorted. The S&P-500 Case Shiller® 20-City Composite Index rose for the fourth consecutive month in May with 18 of the cities experiencing positive growth. Nonetheless, pending home sales fell 1.4 percent in June, below the market consensus forecast of a 0.3 percent increase, and May's figure had a downward revision."

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