Mortgage Rates Calm, Near Record Lows
December 6, 2012
Fixed mortgage rates changed slightly and remained near record lows helping to keep homebuyer affordability high and attractive to those looking to refinance.
According to the Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.34 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending Dec. 6, up from last week when it averaged 3.32 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.99 percent.
Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.67 percent with an average .6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.64 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.27 percent.
The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.69 percent this week with an average .6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.72 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.93 percent.
The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.55 percent this week with an average .4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.56. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.8 percent.