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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Freddie Mac: Record Low Mortgage Rates

by Calculated Risk on 9/27/2012 05:57:00 PM

Another month, another record ...

From Freddie Mac today: All-Time Low: 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 3.40 Percent

Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates breaking their previous average record lows ... All mortgage products, except the 5-year ARM, averaged new all-time record lows.

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.40 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending September 27, 2012, down from last week when it averaged 3.49 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.01 percent.

"Fixed mortgage rates continued to decline this week, largely due to the Federal Reserve's purchases of mortgage securities, and should support an already improving housing market." [said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac]
Freddie Mac Mortgage Rate SurveyClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the 15 and 30 year fixed rates from the Freddie Mac survey. The Primary Mortgage Market Survey® started in 1971 (15 year in 1991). Both rates are at record lows for the Freddie Mac survey. Rates for 15 year fixed loans are now at 2.73%.