Fixed Mortgage Rates Return to Downward Track
Mortgage rates turned south Again on weak pending home sales and sluggish GDP
Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) for the week ending February 5, 2015, showing average fixed mortgage rates, after ticking-up slightly last week, reversing course and falling amid weaker than expected housing and economic data. Fixed-rate mortgages rates are once again back near their May 23, 2013 lows.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.59 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 5, 2015, down from last week when it averaged 3.66 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent.
- 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.92 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.98 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.40 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.82 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.86 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.12 percent.
- 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.39 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.38 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.55 percent.
Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac explained, “Mortgage rates fell this week following the release of weaker than expected pending home sales, which fell 3.7 percent in December. Moreover, real GDP growth for the fourth quarter was 2.6 percent and the Institute for Supply Management reported slower growth in manufacturing last month, both missing market consensus forecasts.”