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Primary Mortgage Market Survey

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall for the Ninth Week Out of Ten

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2010
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McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), and for yet another week, fixed-rate mortgages reached record lows, while the 5-year adjustable rate remained tied at its low for this survey. (The 30-year fixed-rate survey began in 1971, the 15-year began in 1991, and the 5-year adjustable in 2005.)

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.36 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending August 26, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 4.42 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.14 percent.

  • 15-year FRM this week averaged a record low of 3.86 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.90 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.58 percent.

  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.56 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, unchanged from last week when it also averaged 3.56 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.67 percent.

  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.52 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, down slightly from last week when it also averaged 3.53 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.69 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage.


Attributed to Amy Crews Cutts, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac.

  • "Existing home sales plunged 27 percent in July, while new homes fell 12 percent to a new all-time record low, which led to some market concerns that the housing market may slow the economic recovery. As a result, long-term bond yields fell to the lowest levels since January 2009, allowing fixed mortgage rates to ease to new record lows this week.

  • "Much of the slowdown in sales, however, was expected due to the recently expired homebuyer tax programs, which pulled through future home purchases into the first half of the year. For instance, average existing home sales over the first seven months of 2010 were nearly 8 percent higher than over the same period a year ago.

  • "Moreover, house prices still appear to be stabilizing. Nationally, house prices rose 0.9 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis during the second quarter of this year after 11 consecutive quarterly declines, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's purchase only index. Eight of the nine census regions experienced positive gains, compared to none in the first quarter."

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

Summary of Survey Results

Fixed-Rate Mortgages
  Average Conventional
30-Year Commitment Rate
Fees & Points Average Conventional
15-Year Commitment Rate
Fees & Points
US 4.36 0.7 3.86 0.6
Northeast 4.37 0.6 3.91 0.6
Southeast 4.42 0.7 3.90 0.7
N. Central 4.36 0.5 3.84 0.5
Southwest 4.42 0.6 3.92 0.6
West 4.28 0.8 3.78 0.6

Five/One-Year Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
  First Commitment Rate Fees & Points Margin
US 3.56 0.6 2.75
Northeast 3.72 0.5 2.75
Southeast 3.40 0.6 2.75
N. Central 3.49 0.5 2.73
Southwest 3.67 0.8 2.78
West 3.49 0.8 2.74

One-Year Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
  First Commitment Rate Fees & Points Margin
US 3.52 0.7 2.78
Northeast 3.57 0.6 2.81
Southeast 3.61 0.8 2.75
N. Central 3.35 0.5 2.75
Southwest 3.59 0.8 2.80
West 3.48 1.0 2.77

Freddie Mac defines its regions as follows:

Northeast: NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT
Southeast: NC, SC, TN, KY, GA, AL, FL, MS, PR, VI
North Central: OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD
Southwest: TX, LA, NM, OK, AR, MO, KS, CO, NE, WY
West: CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, UT, ID, MT, HI, AK, GU

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) is for informational purposes only and Freddie Mac is not responsible for business decisions made based on the reported results of the PMMS. In general, the data presented were calculated from information collected Monday through Wednesday of the same week that the PMMS is released and may not reflect mortgage rates, fees or points currently available from any lender. Freddie Mac may change the methodology used to conduct the PMMS at any time and without notice.


Commitment Rate is the interest rate a lender would charge to lend mortgage money to a qualified borrower exclusive of the fees and points required by the lender. This commitment rate applies only to conventional financing on conforming mortgages with loan-to-value rates of 80 percent or less.

ARM Index is the One-year Treasury

Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) is the ratio of the loan amount of a mortgage loan to the lower of the appraisal value or purchase price of the property securing the loan.

Origination Fees and Discount Points are the total charged by the lender at settlement. One point equals one percent of the loan amount.

Margin is a fixed amount added to the underlying index to establish the fully indexed rate for an ARM.

Weighted Averages for the Primary Mortgage Market Survey have been adjusted as of December 17, 2009. The new weights use the dollar volume of conventional first-lien mortgage originations within the 1-unit Freddie Mac loan limit as reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) for 2008. The weights are listed in the table below.

Freddie Mac Region PMMS Weights
Northeast 26.0
Southeast 16.7
North Central 15.9
Southwest 13.2
West 28.2

Primary Mortgage Market Survey Results
August 26, 2010

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
Average 4.36 4.37 4.42 4.36 4.42 4.28
Fees & Points 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.8

15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages
Average 3.86 3.91 3.90 3.84 3.92 3.78
Fees & Points 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.6

5/1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
Average 3.56 3.72 3.40 3.49 3.67 3.49
Fees & Points 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.8 0.8
Margin 2.75 2.75 2.75 2.73 2.78 2.74

1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages
Average 3.52 3.57 3.61 3.35 3.59 3.48
Fees & Points 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.8 1.0
Margin 2.78 2.81 2.75 2.75 2.80 2.77

The National Mortgage Rate Snapshot
  One Year Ago One Week Ago
  30-YR 15-YR 5/1-YR 1-YR ARM 30-YR 15-YR 5/1-YR 1-YR ARM
Average 5.14   4.58   4.67   4.69   4.42   3.90   3.56   3.53  
Fees & Points 0.7   0.7   0.6   0.6   0.7   0.6   0.6   0.7  
Margin N/A N/A 2.74   2.73   N/A N/A 2.74   2.77  

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