Mortgage Rates Fall for Second Consecutive Week

McLEAN, VA — Freddie Mac (NYSE: fixed-rateFRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the Fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.67 percent with an average 0.4 point for the week ending June 28, 2007, down from last week when it averaged 6.69 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.78 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 6.34 percent with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 6.37 percent. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 6.43 percent.

Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 6.30 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 6.31 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 6.39 percent.

One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 5.65 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 5.66 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.82 percent.

“Mortgage rates edged down slightly for the second week in a row after having risen over the previous month and a half, and as financial markets prepared for the June 28th Federal Open Market Committee’s announcement on monetary policy,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.

“This week we saw further effects of the current housing recession. May’s existing home sales (including condominiums and co-ops) fell 0.3 percent to the slowest pace since June 2003, and the number of months houses were available for sale rose to 8.9, the longest since June 1992. In addition, home prices fell 2.1 percent in twenty metropolitan areas for the year ending April 2007, according to the S&P;/Case Shiller® composite index, the largest year-over-year drop since the data began in January 2001.”

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