Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Big Mortgage Rate Decline Last Night just published this market report on the 30 year rates which are now at 6.18% BELOW last years average (6.28%).

Long term rates hit lowest level since first of the year; 30 year fixed hits 6.18%.

November 22 2006: 12:09 PM EST

NEW YORK ( -- Mortgage rates continued its downward slide reaching its lowest since the first of the year on slower growth in the market, according to a survey released Wednesday.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.18 percent for the week ending Nov. 22, down from 6.24 percent, according to Freddie Mac's (Charts) Primary Mortgage Market Survey. A year ago, the 30-year averaged 6.28 percent

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.91 percent this week, down from 5.94 percent last week. A year ago, it averaged 5.81 percent. This is the lowest the 15-year has been since the week ending March 2, 2006 when it averaged 5.89 percent.
Rates for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) came in at 5.99 percent this week, down from 6.04 percent last week. A year ago, they averaged 5.75 percent.
One-year ARMs averaged 5.49 percent, down from 5.54 percent last week. A year ago, the one-year ARM averaged 5.14 percent.

"Housing starts in October were down more than expected, which the market saw as an indication housing would be a bigger drag on the economy than had previously been thought," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, in a statement. "Slower growth usually means less inflation and less inflation means lower interest rates. Hence, the drop in mortgage rates this week."

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