FREDDIE MAC: Mortgage Rates Higher for Third Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates following 10-year Treasury yields higher and rising for the third consecutive week. At 3.85 percent, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is just below the high for 2015.

"Mortgage rates rose for the third consecutive week as 10-year Treasury yields continued to climb," said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. "The labor market continues to improve with U.S. economy adding 223,000 jobs in April, a solid rebound from merely 85,000 job gains in March. Also, the unemployment rate [PDF] dipped to 5.4 percent in April as the participation rate ticked up to 62.8 percent and jobless claims were far less than expected."

News Facts
    •    30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.85 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending May 14, 2015, up from last week when it averaged 3.80 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.20 percent. 

    •    15-year FRM this week averaged 3.07 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.02 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.29 percent. 

    •    5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.89 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.90 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.01 percent.

    •    1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.48 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.46 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.43 percent. 


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

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