Mortgage Rates Continue To Hover Near Record Lows

November 1, 2012

Fixed mortgage rates moved slightly lower while continuing to remain near their all-time lows this week amid signs of a growing economy and low inflation, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.39 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending Nov. 1, down from last week when it averaged 3.41 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.00 percent.

Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.70 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.72 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.31 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.74 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.75 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.96 percent.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.58 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.59 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.88 percent.