Monday, May 16, 2011
INTEREST RATES ARE AT AN ANNUAL LOW!
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, a popular choice among home buyers, averaged 4.63 percent this week, reports Freddie Mac in its weekly mortgage market survey. Last week, the 30-year mortgage stood at 4.71 percent; compared to last year at this time, it averaged 4.93 percent.
Meanwhile, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also reached its lowest level of the year, averaging 3.82 percent this week from 3.89 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 15-year mortgage averaged 4.30 percent.
The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.41 percent, down from last week’s 3.47 percent average. A year ago, it averaged 3.95 percent.
As rates continue to fall, the number of mortgage applications are increasing. Mortgage applications increased 8.2 percent this week compared to one week earlier, reports the Mortgage Bankers Association. The refinancing index increased 9 percent--it’s highest level since mid-March. Mortgage applications for purchase also got a boost, rising 7.1 percent compared to the previous week.