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Long Term Mortgages Rates Drop For The Fourth Week While One-year ARM Rises

February 4, 2005

5-Year ARM Down Slightly For Second Week

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 5.63 percent, with an average 0.7 points, for the week ending February 3, 2005, down from last week when it averaged 5.66 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.72 percent.

The average for the 15-year FRM this week is 5.14 percent, with an average 0.7 points, unchanged from last week when it also averaged 5.14 percent. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.03 percent.

Five-Year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 5.00 percent this week, with an average 0.6 points, down slightly from 5.02 last week. There is no annual historical information for last year since Freddie Mac began tracking this mortgage rate at the start of this year.

One-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 4.23 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.18 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 3.61 percent.

"Not surprisingly, the one-year ARM rose on the expectation that the Fed would raise rates once again when they met last week," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. "We will probably see the ARM rise a little more over the next few weeks in anticipation of further rate increases by the Fed while the long-term fixed rates remain fairly flat.

"Mortgages rates remain historically low, which helps to maintain a robust housing industry. Looking forward, we continue to expect long-term rates will not rise very much this year, and that the economy will grow at a sustainable pace, and this should translate into a continued good atmosphere for housing."

The National Mortgage Rate Snapshop
This Week One Week Ago One Year Ago
30-Yr 15-Yr 5-Yr
1-Yr ARM
5.63 5.14 5.00 4.23
0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7
30-Yr 15-Yr 5-Yr
1-Yr ARM
5.66 5.14 5.02 4.18
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
30-Yr 15-Yr 5-Yr
1-Yr ARM
5.72 5.03 --- 3.61
0.6 0.6 ---


Source: Freddie Mac

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