2012’s final mortgage rate report showed that mortgage rates have fallen near record lows, keeping home prices low and home affordability at a significantly high percent. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, 30-year fixed rate mortgage loans dropped from 3.95% to 3.35% from this time last year, and 15-year fixed rate mortgage loans decreased 3.24% from one year ago. The 5-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid, showed that adjustable-rate mortgages are also lower than the 2.88% rate recorded last year. More here
Each month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development release a housing scorecard that highlights key market data and the results of federal recovery efforts. In October, the scorecard found positive price trends, low inventory, high affordability, increases in sales, and mortgage rates near record lows. Federal foreclosure prevention and mortgage modification programs have resulted in more than one million permanent HAMP modifications, saving homeowners a median of $541 on their monthly mortgage payment. Despite the strength of recent housing data, however, the report also cautions that the recovery will take place over time due to continued fragility in the market. Still, more than 18 million homeowners have refinanced their loans since April 2009 and home equity posted a sharp gain in the second quarter of this year. More here.