Fixed Mortgage Rates Start the Year Higher

RISMEDIA, Monday, January 06, 2014— Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates continuing to edge higher as we enter the new year.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.53 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending January 2, 2014, up from last week when it averaged 4.48 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.34 percent. 

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.55 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.52 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.64 percent. 

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.05 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.00 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.71 percent.

Additionally, the 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.56 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.57 percent. 

"Mortgage rates edged up to begin the year on signs of a stronger economic recovery,” says Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. “The pending home sales index inched up 0.2 percent in November, after five consecutive months of decline. The Conference Board reported that confidence among consumers rose in December and the S&P/Case-Shiller® 20-city composite house price index rose 13.6 percent over the 12-months ending in October 2013."

For more information, visit www.FreddieMac.com.


Reprinted from RISMEDIA

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