Freddie Mac Weekly Update: Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Downward Slide

30-year fixed-rate mortgage:averaged 4.55 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending June 2, 2011, down  from last week when it averaged 4.60 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.79 percent.  

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: this week averaged 3.74 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.78 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.20 percent.  

Five-year indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages ARMs: averaged 3.41 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, the same from last week when it averaged 3.41 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.94 percent .

One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs: averaged 3.13 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.11 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 3.95 percent.  

Freddie Sayz
Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac
Fixed mortgage rates followed U.S. Treasury yields lower this week amid financial market concerns that the current lull in the economy is continuing. First quarter growth in consumer spending was revised downward by half of a percentage point to 2.2 percent, according to theBureau of Economic Activity,  consumer confidence  in May was weaker than the market consensus forecast, and the  manufacturing industry slowed for the third straight month in May

The housing market is showing strain as well. The S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index  fell 5.1 percent between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011, representing the largest annual decline since the third quarter of 2009. In addition, the  index of pending existing home sales dropped 11.6 percent from March to April, led by the Midwest and South regions where the tornados and flooding occurred

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