Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise, ‘Fed Eases Fears’

Mortgage rates moved higher again this week as speculation continued about whether the Federal Reserve will end its future bond purchases, which have kept rates at historical lows, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. But remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday may indicate that the Fed won’t be ending its program immediately.

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages for the week ending July 11:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.51 percent, with an average 0.8 point, rising from last week’s 4.29 percent average. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.56 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.53 percent, with an average 0.8 point, increasing from last week’s 3.39 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 2.86 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.26 percent, with an average 0.7 point, up from 3.10 percent last week. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.74 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac and “Bernanke: Economy still needs Fed stimulus,” The Associated Press (July 10, 2013)