According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the previous
week, the market has rolled back a small portion of the large increases in mortgage
rates that were recorded over the prior five weeks.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) which had increased from 6.15 percent to
6.74 percent between May 10 and June 14 retreated to 6.69 percent in the most
recent week. Fees and points increased from 0.4 to 0.5 for the week.
The 15-year FRM decreased six basis points from its 2007 high of 6.43 percent
the previous week to 6.37 percent. Fees and points increased from 0.4 to 0.5 for
this product as well.
The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged
6.31 percent for the week with an average 0.6 point. The previous week it averaged
6.37 percent with 0.5 point.
The biggest roll-back was in the one-year Treasury-indexed ARM which averaged
5.66 compared to 5.75 the week before. Points were unchanged at 0.7.
"Mortgage rates eased this week due to market concerns that the housing
market will be a longer drag on the economy," said Frank Nothaft,
Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. "May's housing starts fell
for the first time in four months, while homebuilder optimism in June fell to
a sixteen-year low."
"Thus far this year, the housing sector directly shaved 0.8 percentage points
off real economic growth in the first quarter, compared to the 1.2 percentage
points it lopped off growth in the second half of 2006."
Some of the usual information from the Mortgage Bankers Association survey was
unavailable due to problems on their website. However it was reported that the
interest rate on a 30-year FRM was unchanged at 6.60 percent for the week ended
The average contract interest rate for the 15-year FRM was down from 6.28 percent
the previous week to 6.24 percent.
As with the Freddie Mac survey, the greatest change was the average contract interest
rate on the one-year ARM which dropped 19 basis points to 5.51 percent.
Applications for mortgages were down 2.5 percent for refinancing
and 4.9 percent for home purchases. Overall application volume was up 16.3 percent
compared to the same week in 2006.
Refinancing represented 38.7 percent of all mortgage applications
compared to 38 percent the previous week and adjustable rate mortgages gained
a teeny bit more mortgage share at 20.4 percent of all mortgages compared to
24.3 percent a week earlier.