by STAFF WRITER Published September 30, 2010 Credit Unions Online
Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) indicates average 30 year fixed rate mortgages dropped to another low of 4.32 percent with 0.7 points. This is another small decline from last week's 4.37 percent and well below this time last year when average 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 4.94 percent. The 15 year fixed rate mortgage average a new low at 3.75 percent with 0.7 points from last week's 3.82 percent. Last year's 15 year fixed rate mortgage average was 4.36 percent.
Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac said that "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. The September Consumer Confidence Index by the Conference Board fell to the lowest level since February of this year, while the Business Roundtable CEO Business Outlook for the third quarter was the weakest in the past four quarters. Consequently, rates for the 15-year fixed mortgage and the 5-year hybrid ARM reached new all-time lows and rates for 30-year fixed mortgages tied its record set just four weeks ago.
"Homeowners have regained $1.0 trillion in home equity as of the second quarter of 2010 after losing more than $7.5 trillion over the three-year period ending in the first quarter of 2009, the Federal Reserve Board reported. This, in part, strengthened household balance sheets and reduced serious mortgage delinquencies. For instance, first mortgages 90-days delinquent or worse fell to 3.16 percent in August from 4.76 percent a year prior and was the lowest rate since June 2008, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices ."
While many media reports claim banks are not lending money, credit unions are rarely mentioned in the mainstream media. Credit Unions have money to lend. Check with your local credit union for your mortgage loan. You will get personal service and very competitive rates. And since your credit union is local, you can talk to someone who probably lives in the same town as you. Your credit union is not going anywhere, so you can get assistance even after closing on your home.