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Freddie Mac: mortgage rates barely changed this week

Freddie Mac reports relatively unchanged mortgage rates for the week, forecasting a continuation of low rates for some time to come.

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Freddie Mac data shows little change

According to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), there was little change in mortgage rates from the week prior, with fixed mortgage rates moving slightly higher while continuing to remain near their all-time lows helping to support the housing market.

Vice President and Chief Economist of Freddie Mac, Frank Nothaft said, “Mortgage rates remained relatively unchanged this week and should continue to support the housing market and mortgage refinance. Existing home sales in September eased slightly to 4.75 million but was the second strongest annualized pace since May 2010. Moreover, new home sales rose to the most since April 2010.”

Nothaft added, “In addition, low rates and strong demand have already pushed the FHFA purchase-only home price index in August to its highest level (seasonally adjusted) since June 2010. And not surprisingly, the Federal Reserve in its October 24th monetary policy announcement acknowledged the further signs of improvement in the housing sector, albeit from a depressed level.”

Weekly mortgage rates

According to Freddie Mac:

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  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.41 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 25, 2012, up from last week when it averaged 3.37 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.10 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.72 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.66 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.38 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.75 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, the same as last week. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.08 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.59 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.60 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.90 percent.

Rates across the nation

Mortgage rates nationally are relatively unchanged, but are not the same in every region. Below is the regional breakdown of rates for the week:

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