Mortgage Rates Are on the Way Up

Following several positive reports this week of a housing market gaining momentum this week, fixed-rate mortgages inched higher, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. This is the fourth consecutive week that mortgage rates have inched higher after reaching all-time lows just a month ago.

Here’s a closer look at rates for the week ending Aug. 23:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.66 percent, with an average 0.7 point, rising from last week’s 3.62 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.22 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.89 percent, with an average 0.7 point, rising slightly from last week’s 2.88 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.44 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.80 percent, with an average 0.6 point, increasing from last week’s 2.76 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.07 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.66 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 2.69 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.93 percent.

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