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RISMEDIA, May 10, 2010—Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.00% with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 6, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.06%. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.84%.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.36% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.39%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.51%.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.97% this week, with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.00%. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.90%.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.07% this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.25%. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.78%.

“Treasury bond and note yields declined this week, and rates on fixed-rate mortgages and hybrid ARMs followed suit,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. “Rates for both the 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages were the lowest in six weeks; initial rates on 5/1 hybrid ARMs hit an all-time low since they were added to the survey in the beginning of 2005.

“The home buyer tax credit helped support home sales in March, and anecdotal reports point to strong April sales as well. Pending existing home sales rose for the second consecutive month in March to the strongest pace since October 2009, just before the original deadline for the credit, based on figures published by the National Association of Realtors. Three of the four Census regions showed an uptick in sales, led by the South with a 12.7% gain, while sales in the Northeast fell 3.3%. To receive the federal tax credit, home buyers had to sign contracts by April 30th and settle by June 30th of this year.”

For more information, visit www.freddiemac.com.

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