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Mortgage Rates Move Lower Following Weak Jobs Report

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RISMedia, June 13, 2011— Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), which showed weaker than expected job growth in May pushing both fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages to new lows for the year. The 30-year fixed averaged 4.49 percent and the 15-year averaged 3.68 percent, its lowest since November, 2010.

News Facts

• 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.49 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending June 9, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.55 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.72 percent.

• 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.68 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.74 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.17 percent.

• 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.28 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.41 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.92 percent.

• 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.95 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.13 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 3.91 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following links for Regional and National Mortgage Rate Details and Definitions.

Quotes

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

• “Long-term Treasury yields moved lower following a weak jobs report and mortgage rates followed suit. The economy added 54,000 jobs in May, the fewest in eight months, and factories cut payrolls for the first time in seven months. As a result, the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent, representing the highest rate since December.”

• “The housing market continues to be fragile across the nation as well. In its latest regional economic review released June 8th, the Federal Reserve Board indicated that residential sales and home prices showed continued weakness in most Districts.”

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.

For more information please visit http://www.freddiemac.com.

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