Mortgage Rates up on Signs of Improving Economy
MCLEAN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/13 -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC)
today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R)
(PMMS(R)), showing average fixed mortgage rates rising this week on
stronger signs of jobs growth and consumer spending. The 30-year
fixed averaged 3.63 percent, its highest reading since the week of
August 23, 2012. The 30-year fixed hit its average all-time record
low of 3.31 percent the week of November 21, 2012.
-- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.63 percent with an
average 0.8 point for the week ending March 14, 2013, up from last
week when it averaged 3.52 percent. Last year at this time, the
30-year FRM averaged 3.92 percent.
-- 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.79 percent with an average 0.8 point,
up from last week when it averaged 2.76 percent. A year ago at this
time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.16 percent.
-- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged
2.61 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week
when it averaged 2.63 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged
-- 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.64 percent this week with an
average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.63 percent. At
this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.79 percent.
Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and
points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage.
Visit the following links for the Regional and National Mortgage Rate
Details and Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which
are not included in the survey.
Attributed to Frank Nothaft,
vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.
"Fixed mortgage rates rose this week on stronger signs of jobs growth
and consumer spending. The economy added 236,000 new workers in
February which helped push down the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent.
This helped offset the effects of the payroll tax holiday expiration
and led to a 1.1 percent increase in retail sales, which was well
above the market consensus forecast."
Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to
stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage
markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by
providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making
home possible for one in four homebuyers and is one of the largest
sources of financing for multifamily housing. www.FreddieMac.com.
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