Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue To Find New Lows

May 26, 2011

Slower economic activity pushed fixed-rate mortgages slightly lower for the sixth consecutive week, Freddie Mac reported in its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

According to the survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.60 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 26, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.61 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.84 percent.

Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.78 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.80 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.21 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.41 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.48 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.97 percent.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.11 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.15 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 3.95 percent.