Long-term mortgage rates this week dropped to their lowest levels in four weeks on news of a sharp slowdown in manufacturing and new-home sales, Freddie Mac reported today. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell this week to 6.07 percent from 6.17 percent a week earlier, and the average 15-year fixed was down to 5.68 percent from 5.79 percent. Points, or fees lenders charge for loan processing expressed as a percent of the loan, averaged 0.5 and 0.6, respectively, on the 30- and 15-year loans. Freddie Mac reported that average rates on adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) also declined, with the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM falling from 5.9 percent to 5.78 percent and the one-year ARM dropping from 5.53 percent to 5.47 percent. Points on these ...
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