Mortgage rates drop to seventh-month low

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.78 percent this week, down from last week’s 4.83 percent, says Freddie Mac. Last year at this time, it was 5.97 percent. In April, it also reached 4.78 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.29 percent in comparison with 4.32 percent last week and 5.74 percent last year. The 15-year FRM has never been this low since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 1991.

The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) dipped to 4.18 percent from 4.25 percent. A year ago, it averaged 5.86 percent and hasn’t been so low since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 2005.

The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM was unchanged from the previous week at 4.35 percent but below the 5.18 percent rate one year earlier. The one-year ARM has not been so low since the week ending July 7, 2005, when it averaged 4.33 percent.

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