Economic and Housing Research
Fixed mortgage rates retraced some of their decline of the prior week as housing data portrayed mixed signals. The National Association of Realtors reported that their pending sales metric dipped for the fifth consecutive month and was slightly below year-ago levels, presaging a softening in sales near yearend. Nonetheless, house prices rose as homes-for-sale inventory remained tight in many markets. The S&P/Case-Shiller House Price index released yesterday showed prices in the 20 largest cities increased 13.3 percent annually in September, the highest year-over-year increase since February 2006, and a bit stronger than the Federal Housing Finance Agency's U.S.-wide Purchase-Only index, which appreciated 8.5 percent over the same period.
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Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS)
Freddie Mac surveys lenders each week on the rates, fees and points for the most popular mortgage products. Results are released Thursday at 10am EDT.
Primary Mortgage Market Survey (U.S. Weekly Averages)
|Regional Breakdown||30-Yr FRM||15-Yr FRM||5/1-Yr ARM||1-Yr ARM|
|Average Rates||4.29 %||3.30 %||2.94 %||2.60 %|
|Fees & Points||0.7||0.7||0.5||0.4|
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