Rates were largely unchanged this week after two straight weeks of sharp increases as analyst expectations turned from world events to the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) October minutes. Persistent expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key rate next month were largely responsible for driving up rates, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.
"Treasury yields stabilized about 5 basis points below last week's level as the market shrugged off economic data and world events and turned its attention to the minutes of the October FOMC meeting. In response, the 30-year mortgage rate ticked down a basis point to 3.97 percent. The FOMC minutes were couched in careful Fed-speak, and early market reaction was mixed, with most analysts reading their own expectations into the minutes,” said Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.97 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending Nov. 19, 2015, down from last week when it averaged 3.98 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.99 percent.
- 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.18 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.20 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.17 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.98 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.03 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.01 percent.
- 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.64 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, down from 2.65 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.44 percent.