Tuesday, July 26, 2011
FHFA: Mortgage interest rates fall in May
The Federal Housing Finance Agency today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 4.74 percent based on loans closed in May. This is a decrease of 0.06 percent from the previous month. Click here to view the historical Contract Rate Series at FHFA.gov.
The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loans of $417,000 or less decreased 7 basis points to 4.92 percent in May. These rates are calculated from the FHFA’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey of purchase-money mortgages (see technical note). These results reflect loans closed during the May 25-31 period. Typically, the interest rate is determined 30 to 45 days before the loan is closed. Thus, the reported rates depict market conditions prevailing in mid- to late-April.
The contract rate on the composite of all mortgage loans (fixed- and adjustable-rate) was 4.75 percent in May, down 5 basis points from 4.80 percent in April. The effective interest rate, which reflects the amortization of initial fees and charges, was 4.87 percent in May, down 6 basis points from 4.93 percent in April.
This report contains no data on adjustable-rate mortgages due to insufficient sample size.
Initial fees and charges were 0.85 percent of the loan balance in May, down 0.03 percent from 0.88 in April. Twenty-eight percent of the purchase-money mortgage loans originated in May were "no-point" mortgages, matching the share in April. The average term was 27.9 years in May, up 0.1 years from 27.8 years in April. The average loan-toprice ratio in April was 76.4 percent, up 0.6 percent from 75.8 percent in April. The average loan amount was $222,900 in May, up $18,500 from $204,400 in April.