Friday, September 28, 2007

Rates On Fixed Mortgages move up

According to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.42% in the week ended September 27. 15-year fixed-rate mortgages carried an average interest of 6.09%, up from 5.98% a week ago. Adjustable-rate mortgages declined this week, with the 5-year ARM dropping to 6.15% from 6.21% a week ago and the 1-year adjustable home loans at 5.60%, down from 5.65%. The demand for ARMs has dropped dramatically recently, as consumers try to escape adjusting loan payments and look for the safety of fixed-rate loans. Home loans are mostly used for refinancing, rather than home purchases, and the result is a 7-year low in new home sales in August. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new, single-family homes dropped 8.3% on a monthly basis in August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 795,000.

Financial data for August doesn’t fully reflect the impact of the crisis that occurred mid-month, so we can expect even gloomier results when the business and economic stats for September are released.

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