Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly, Remain Near Record Lows

December 13, 2012

Fixed mortgage rates eased slightly and remained near record lows to keep homebuyer affordability high and attractive to those looking to refinance, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.32 percent with an average .7 point for the week ending Dec. 13, down from last week when it averaged 3.34 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.94 percent.

Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.66 percent with an average .6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.67 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.21 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.7 percent this week with an average .6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.69 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.86 percent.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.53 percent this week with an average .5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.55. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.81 percent.