30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rates Rise to 5.05 Percent Highest Level Since April 2010

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rates Rise to 5.05 Percent Highest Level Since April 2010

McLean, VA – February 10, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) which shows long- and short-term rates rising this week.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.05 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 10, 2011, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.97 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.29 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.08 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.34 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.92 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.69 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.19 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.35 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.26 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.33 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage.

Quotes

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

  • “Long-term bond yields jumped on positive economic data reports, which placed upward pressure on mortgage rates this week.
  • “For all of 2010, nonfarm productivity rose 3.6 percent, the most since 2002, while January’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent. Moreover, the service industry expanded in January at the fastest pace since August 2005.
  • “As a result, interest rates on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to the highest level since the last week in April 2010.”

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

Summary of Survey Results

Fixed-Rate Mortgages
US 5.05 0.7 4.29 0.7
Northeast 5.07 0.7 4.30 0.7
Southeast 4.99 0.9 4.28 0.9
N. Central 5.09 0.6 4.32 0.6
Southwest 5.06 0.6 4.35 0.6
West 5.02 0.8 4.26 0.7
Five/One-Year Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
US 3.92 0.6 2.75
Northeast 3.98 0.6 2.76
Southeast 3.72 0.8 2.75
N. Central 4.20 0.4 2.73
Southwest 3.89 0.6 2.79
West 3.80 0.7 2.73
One-Year Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
US 3.35 0.6 2.76
Northeast 3.54 0.6 2.79
Southeast 3.07 0.7 2.75
N. Central 3.64 0.3 2.72
Southwest 3.48 0.7 2.80
West 3.06 0.6 2.75

Freddie Mac defines its regions as follows:

Northeast: NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT
Southeast: NC, SC, TN, KY, GA, AL, FL, MS, PR, VI
North Central: OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD
Southwest: TX, LA, NM, OK, AR, MO, KS, CO, NE, WY
West: CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, UT, ID, MT, HI, AK, GU

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) is for informational purposes only and Freddie Mac is not responsible for business decisions made based on the reported results of the PMMS. In general, the data presented were calculated from information collected Monday through Wednesday of the same week that the PMMS is released and may not reflect mortgage rates, fees or points currently available from any lender. Freddie Mac may change the methodology used to conduct the PMMS at any time and without notice.

Definitions

Commitment Rate is the interest rate a lender would charge to lend mortgage money to a qualified borrower exclusive of the fees and points required by the lender. This commitment rate applies only to conventional financing on conforming mortgages with loan-to-value rates of 80 percent or less.

ARM Index is the one-year Treasury

Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) is the ratio of the loan amount of a mortgage loan to the lower of the appraisal value or purchase price of the property securing the loan.

Origination Fees and Discount Points are the total charged by the lender at settlement. One point equals one percent of the loan amount.

Margin is a fixed amount added to the underlying index to establish the fully indexed rate for an ARM.

Weighted Averages for the Primary Mortgage Market Survey have been adjusted as of October 28, 2010. The new weights use the dollar volume of conventional first-lien mortgage originations within the 1-unit Freddie Mac loan limit as reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) for 2008. The weights are listed in the table below.

Freddie Mac Region PMMS Weights
Northeast

27.1

Southeast

13.6

North Central

17.2

Southwest

12.8

West

29.3


Primary Mortgage Market Survey Results
February 10, 2011

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
Average 5.05 5.07 4.99 5.09 5.06 5.02
Fees & Points 0.7 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.8
15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
Average 4.29 4.30 4.28 4.32 4.35 4.26
Fees & Points 0.7 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.7
5/1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
Average 3.92 3.98 3.72 4.20 3.89 3.80
Fees & Points 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.4 0.6 0.7
Margin 2.75 2.76 2.75 2.73 2.79 2.73
1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
Average 3.35 3.54 3.07 3.64 3.48 3.06
Fees & Points 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.6
Margin 2.76 2.79 2.75 2.72 2.80 2.75
The National Mortgage Rate Snapshot
Average 4.97 4.34 4.19 4.33 4.81 4.08 3.69 3.26
Fees & Points 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6
Margin N/A N/A 2.73 2.76 N/A N/A 2.74 2.76

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Freddie Mac is a stockholder-owned corporation established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac raises capital on Wall Street and throughout the world's capital markets to finance mortgages for families across America. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters

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