Mortgage Interest Rates Move Higher

Interest rates for home mortgages reversed course from last week and increased this week according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) for the week ending December 19th, 2013.

Fixed Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages were higher this week with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage increasing by five basis points to an average of 4.47 percent with an average of 0.7 points. Last week the average rate fell by four basis points. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.37 percent.

Average 30-year fixed rates were generally the lowest in the Western portion of the United States where mortgage rates averaged 4.45 percent while the highest rates were reported in the North Central area of the country where interest rates averaged 4.50 percent.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage was 3.51 percent this week with an average of 0.6 points, up from an average of 3.43 percent last week. At this time last year, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.65 percent.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages:

Interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages were also higher this week with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaging 2.96 percent, with an average of 0.4 points, up from an average of 2.94 percent last week. The 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.71 percent a year earlier.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.57 percent with an average of 0.5 points, up from an average of 2.51 percent last week. A year ago, the 1-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 2.52 percent.

Freddie Mac Pmms 12-20-13

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Source:
Freddie Mac

Reported by Shirley Allen