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December 10, 2016

Mortgage Rates Hold at Yearly Low This Week

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Mortgage Rates Hold at Yearly Low This Week

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is heading into the holiday weekend at its yearly low, giving home shoppers and home owners another opportunity to snag the lowest rate of the year, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

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"Mortgage rates were little changed following mixed housing news,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Existing-home sales rose for the fourth consecutive month to an annualized pace of 5.15 million, the highest of the year. On the other hand, new-home sales fell for the third consecutive month to an annualized rate of 412,000 units.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Aug. 28:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.10 percent, with an average 0.5 point, holding the same as last week’s new low for 2014. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.51 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.25 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 3.23 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.54 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.97 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 2.95 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.24 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.39 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 2.38 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.64 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac