How low can we go? When it comes to mortgage rates, the floor keeps dropping. Industry reports released Thursday show that interest rates for home loans – already at their lowest marks in more than a half-century – dropped again this week.
Market analysis conducted by Freddie Mac found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.32 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending September 30, 2010. That’s down from 4.37 percent last week and tied with the all-time low in Freddie’s survey set four weeks ago.
The GSE reported that the 15-year FRM this week averaged a new record low of 3.75 percent (0.7 point). Last week, it came in at 3.82 percent.
The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) dropped to an average of 3.52 percent this week (0.6 point), according to Freddie Mac, also setting a new record low. The 1-year ARM rose slightly to 3.48 percent (0.7 point).
“Confidence in the state of the economy fell among consumers and businesses, which led to a decline in long-term bond yields and brought many mortgage rates to record lows this week,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s VP and chief economist.
Weakening confidence in the economy’s trajectory was evident despite notable improvements in household balance sheets. Nothaft cited a Federal Reserve report, which shows that homeowners have regained $1.0 trillion in home equity as of the second quarter of 2010, after losing more than…
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