Global Market Volatility Pushes Mortgage Rates Lower
Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to their lowest levels since May of this year amid substantial and ongoing global volatility out of China.
30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) average 30-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 3.84 percent, down from last week when it averaged 3.93 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.10 percent.
15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.06 percent, down from last week when it averaged 3.15 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.25 percent.
5-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
The average five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.90 percent, down from last week when it averaged 2.94 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.
1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
The average one-year Treasury-indexed ARM is at 2.62 percent, unchanged again from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.39 percent.
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Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac:
“Events in China generated eye-catching volatility in equity markets worldwide over the past week. Interest rates also rocked up and down — although to a lesser extent than equities — as investors alternated between flights to quality and bargain hunting among beaten-down stocks. Amidst all this confusion, the 30-year mortgage rate dropped to 3.84 percent, the lowest mark since May and the fifth consecutive week with a rate below 4 percent.”
“Given the recent volatility, mortgage rates could change up or down significantly by the time this report is released. There are indications though that the unsettled state of global markets will make the Fed think twice before taking any action on short-term interest rates in September. If that’s the case, the 30-year mortgage rate may remain subdued in the short-to-medium term, providing support for continued strength in the housing sector. Just this week, new home sales were reported to be up 26 percent year over year.”
Original Source: Freddie Mac interest rates listed above are national averages as reported by Freddie Mac. Individual interest rates are dependent upon credit approval and may include points. Average mortgage points are also reported in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Other mortgage financing fees may apply. Contact your lender for detailed information.
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