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Mortgage rates find new lows

 

Rates on the most popular types of mortgages eased to new record lows, according to HSH.com's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar. The average rate for conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rates fell by seven basis points (0.07 percent) to 3.47 percent. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates decreased by two basis points, closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at an average of 2.65 percent.

"The elections are behind us and the fiscal cliff is now before us," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. "Markets appear a little more wary right now. Stock market indices have shed a few hundred points over the last few weeks, and that money is being pushed into long-term bonds, driving yields and mortgage rates lower. For example, the influential 10-year Treasury Bond has seen its yield slide by more than an eighth of a percentage point over the past two weeks."

Despite near record-low rates in place, applications for mortgage refinances, the largest component of the market, have been steadily declining for the past five weeks, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.

"With a slide in demand, lender pipelines are starting to empty, easing what had been a crush of demand. In turn, lenders are now free to price more aggressively to try to attract new clients, and we may be seeing a little of that as well," noted Gumbinger.

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the week ending November 13 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

Average rate:   3.47 percent

Average points: 0.25

 

Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

Average rate:   2.65 percent

Average points: 0.22

 

HSH.com Mortgage Rates Radar - Four Week Trend

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending November 6 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

Average Rate:   3.54 percent

Average Points: 0.23

Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

Average Rate:   2.67 percent

Average Points: 0.21

Methodology

The Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar reports the average rates and points offered on conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and conforming 5/1 ARMs. The weekly mortgage rate survey covers a large sample of mortgage lenders and is conducted over a Wednesday-to-Tuesday cycle, with data released every Wednesday. HSH.com’s survey helps consumers find the best rates on home loans in changing market conditions. Unlike mortgage rate surveys that report average rates only, the Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar’s inclusion of both average rates and average points provides a more accurate view of mortgage terms currently offered by lenders.

Every week, HSH.com conducts a survey of mortgage rate data for a wide range of consumer mortgage products including ARMs, FHA-backed and jumbo mortgages, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit from hundreds of direct lenders in the U.S. For information on additional loan products, visit HSH.com.

 

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