Mortgage rates were mixed for the weeks ending May 11 and
May 12 according to data released in the last few days by Freddie Mac and the
Mortgage Bankers Association respectively.
Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey found that rates for 30-year
fixed rate mortgages averaged 6.58 percent for the week. This rate was one basis
point lower than the previous week. Fees and points averaged one-half point
compared to 0.6 the previous week. One year ago the rate was 5.77 percent.
The 15-year rate dropped 5 basis points to 6.17 percent with fees and points
also at 0.5, down 0.1 from the week ended May 4. One year ago the 15-year averaged
The 5/1 ARM ticked upward from 6.21 percent to 6.22 percent but fees and points
were down two-tenths points to 0.5. The 1-year ARM was at 5.62 percent with
0.7 points compared to 5.67 and 0.8 points one week earlier. The 5/1 is now
slightly more than a point higher than one year ago when it averaged 5.21 percent
and the 1-year has climbed even further from the 4.23 percent it averaged in
Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's vice president and chief economist said
that "Less-than-expected job growth in April helped mortgage rates to
level off this week. Even ARM rates were little affected by the Federal Reserve's
increase in the federal funds rate." He said, however, that the release
of the April Consumer and Producer Price Indexes due this week may cause rates
to rise if the indexes show acceleration in inflation.
The Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey
showed rate increases in every product category. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage
increased to 6.66 percent from 6.61 percent with points increasing to 1.17 from
1.14. Points include the origination fee and all loan figures are for 80 percent
loan to value mortgages.
The 15-year fixed rate mortgage increased six basis points to 6.26 while points
decreased to 1.17 from 1.23.
The average contract rate for 1-year adjustable rate mortgages increased to
6.07 percent from 6.04 with points increasing to 0.89 from 0.87.
Mortgage applications were up 4.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from
the previous week and 4.8 percent unadjusted. Activity, however, was down 14.7
percent from the same week in 2005.
Refinancing was up slightly, representing 35 percent of all mortgage applications
compared to 33.8 percent a week earlier. ARMs also increased their share of
all mortgages from 28.5 percent to 29.9 percent.