Mortgage Rates Dip, Reaching Another Record Low

​DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2011

For the second time in a month, fixed and adjustable-rate mortgage rates set new record lows this week, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The previous record lows were set Aug. 18. 

Economic uncertainty and employment concerns are continuing to keep rates low, says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Here’s a closer look at rates for the week ending Sept. 8. 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.12 this week, down from last week’s 4.22 percent. The 30-year rates’ previous low was 4.15 percent, set on Aug. 18. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.33 percent this week, down from last week’s 3.39 percent average. Its previous record low was 3.36 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.96 percent, holding steady at the same record low it set last week. 
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.84 percent this week, down from last week’s 2.89 percent average. Its previous record low was 2.86 percent.

Despite the low rates, mortgage application volume remains low, dropping for the third straight week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this week. The volume of mortgage applications for purchase remained relatively flat this week at “extremely low levels, close to lows last seen in 1996,” says Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of Research and Economics. Refinance application volume was also down, dropping more than 35 percent below levels last year at this time.