Long-term mortgage rates dropped considerably this week following the release of August's dismal employment report, according to surveys conducted by Freddie Mac and Bankrate.com. In Freddie Mac's survey, the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to an average 6.31 percent from 6.46 percent last week, and the 15-year fixed rate declined to 5.97 percent from 6.15 percent. Points, which are fees lenders charge for loan processing expressed as a percent of the loan, averaged 0.5 and 0.4, respectively, on the 30- and 15-year loans. Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) also saw a drop in rates, as the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM was down at an average 6.17 percent from 6.32 percent a week ago and the rate on one-year Treasury-indexed ARMs sank to 5.66 percent from 5.74 percent. Points on the five-year and one-year loans averaged 0.6 and 0.8, respectively. "Interest rates on prime conforming loans fell across the board in the past week, with rates on 30-year fixed mortgages averagi...
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