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October 21, 2017

After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise

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After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise

Mortgage rates increased this week for the first time in more than a month, but they still remain near their yearly lows.

The 30-year mortgage rate rose 2 basis points over the week to 3.91 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, our survey was conducted before investors drove Treasury yields sharply lower in a reaction to the surprisingly weak [Consumer Price Index] release. If that drop in yields sticks, mortgage rates are likely to follow in next weeks survey.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages of mortgage rates for the week ending June 15:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.89 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.54 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.5 point, increasing from last week’s 3.16 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.15 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.11 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.74 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac