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December 18, 2014

Rates Ring in the New Year Near Record Lows

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Rates Ring in the New Year Near Record Lows

Fixed-rate mortgages are averaging near record lows, keeping home buyer affordability high, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

"Mortgage rates started the year near record lows, which should continue to aid the ongoing housing recovery,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. 

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Jan. 3: 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.34 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 3.35 percent average. The record low for 30-year mortgages is 3.31 percent, which was set in November. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 3.91 percent. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.64 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 2.65 percent average. The record low for 15-year mortgages is 2.63 percent, also set in November. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.23 percent. 
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.71 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 2.70 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.86 percent. 
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.57 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 2.56 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac