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Mortgage Rates Rise For The First Time In Five Weeks According To Freddie Mac Weekly Survey

July 29, 2004

Homeownership Rate Hits New Record In Second Quarter

McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.08 percent, with an average 0.6 point, for the week ending July 29, 2004, up from last week when it averaged 5.98 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.94 percent.

The average for the 15-year FRM this week is 5.49 percent, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 5.39 percent. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.27 percent.

One-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 4.17 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.12 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 3.67 percent.

"Mortgage rates rose a little this week in response to expectations that the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) is willing to move more aggressively if inflation should become an issue," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. "So far, inflation seems to be under control, but if the economy should heat up too rapidly, the Fed would have to act quickly and decisively.

"In other news, the national homeownership rate reached an all time high, according to the Census Bureau, of 69.2 percent. This is but one indicator of how strong the housing market has been over the last number of years."

Freddie Mac is a stockholder-owned corporation established by Congress in 1970 to create a continuous flow of funds to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Freddie Mac purchases mortgages from lenders and packages them into securities that are sold to investors. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers in America.

The National Mortgage Rate Snapshop
This Week One Week Ago One Year Ago
30-Yr 15-Yr 1-Yr ARM
6.08

5.49

4.17
0.6 0.6 0.6
30-Yr 15-Yr 1-Yr ARM
5.98

5.39

4.12
0.6 0.6 0.6
30-Yr 15-Yr 1-Yr ARM
5.94 5.27 3.67
0.4

0.5

0.5

Source: Freddie Mac



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