HSH.com Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar: Soft Jobs Report Keeps Mortgage Rates at Record Lows

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HSH.com releases its latest Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar showing little change in mortgage rates from the previous week. The Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar reports the average rates and points offered by lenders for the two most popular types of mortgages, the conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and the conforming 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Average rates were mixed during the week ending May 08.

There is little indication of any strengthening economic growth and it appears investors have shifted some attention from stocks to bonds of late pushing rates lower. If things show scant improvement we might set a few more record lows for mortgage rates.

Rates on the most popular types of mortgages held near record lows, according to HSH.com's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar. The average rate for conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged, remaining at 3.97 percent. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates decreased by two basis points, closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at average 2.90 percent.

"Employment gains have flagged over the past couple of months, casting some doubt about the strength of the recovery," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. "There's little indication of any strengthening of economic growth at the moment, and it appears that investors have shifted some attention from stocks to bonds of late, pushing rates lower."

In 2011, after a winter growth spurt, the economy faded into the summer and fall. At this point, it is unclear if we have entered a repeat of that pattern.

"Is this a soft patch in an otherwise upward trend, or are we on the kind of path which prompts the Federal Reserve to additional action? It's too soon yet to know," said Gumbinger. "At present, no plan has been announced, but Operation Twist--the Fed's existing program--expires at the end of June. Between now and then, if things show scant improvement, we might set a few more record lows for mortgage rates."

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the week ending May 8 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  •     Average rate: 3.97 percent    
  •     Average points: 0.24

Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

  •     Average rate: 2.90 percent
  •     Average points: 0.21

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending May 8 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  •     Average Rate: 3.97 percent
  •     Average Points: 0.24

Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

  •     Average Rate: 2.92 percent
  •     Average Points: 0.19

Methodology
The Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar reports the average rates and points offered on conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and conforming 5/1 ARMs. The weekly mortgage rate survey covers a large sample of mortgage lenders and is conducted over a Wednesday-to-Tuesday cycle, with data released every Wednesday. HSH.com’s survey helps consumers find the best rates on home loans in changing market conditions. Unlike mortgage rate surveys that report average rates only, the Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar’s inclusion of both average rates and average points provides a more accurate view of mortgage terms currently offered by lenders.

Every week, HSH.com conducts a survey of mortgage rate data for a wide range of consumer mortgage products including ARMs, FHA-backed and jumbo mortgages, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit from hundreds of direct lenders in the U.S. For information on additional loan products, visit HSH.com.

About HSH.com
HSH.com is a trusted source of mortgage data, trends, news and analysis. Since 1979, HSH’s market research and commentary has helped homeowners, buyers and sellers make smart financial choices and save money on mortgage and home equity products. HSH.com, of Pompton Plains, N.J., is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that best meet their needs. The company is a leader in ethical marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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