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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

Freddie Mac  this week released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which indicated that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 2.91%.

“This year has been anything but normal and as the uncertainty lingers, mortgage rates remain near record lows,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “These rates continue to incentivize potential buyers and the home buying season, which shifted from spring to summer, will likely continue into the fall.”

Main takeaways from this week's report:

30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.91% with an average 0.8 point for the week ending August 27, down from last week when it averaged 2.99%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.58%.

15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.46% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.54%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.06%.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.91% with an average 0.2 point, unchanged from last week.  A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.31%.

The PMMS is focused on conventional, conforming, fully-amortizing home purchase loans for borrowers who put 20% down and have excellent credit. Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage.

Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

In a separate survey of rates by Bankrate this week, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage maintained last week's record low of 3.14%. (According to MSN Money, the gap with Freddie Mac's number is because Bankrate's figure includes points and origination fees averaging 0.33%, while Freddie's number excludes those costs. Freddie Mac said its average is accompanied by an average of 0.8 of a point.)

About Author: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media/Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning news, among others. Contact Christina at christina.hughesbabb@thefivestar.com.

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