Friday, November 19, 2010

Mortgage Rates Rise Significantly

Mortgage rates increased again this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.62 percent, according to's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.37 discount and origination points. 

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The average 15-year fixed mortgage increased to 4.02 percent, and the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate soared as well to 5.24 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages also climbed higher, with the average 5-year ARM inching higher to 3.71 percent and the average 7-year ARM rising to 4.01 percent. 

Mortgage rates jumped significantly this week, posting a second consecutive weekly increase since the Federal Reserve announced renewed measures to boost the economy. Worries that the Fed's quantitative easing program will spark higher inflation, coupled with stronger economic data on retail sales and weekly unemployment filings fueled the latest increase. Although mortgage rates have increased, they remain extremely low in a historical context and will not be an impediment to well-qualified borrowers for the foreseeable future. 

The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was November 2008. At that time, the average rate was 6.33 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,241.86. With the average rate now 4.62 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,027.68, a savings of $214 per month for a homeowner refinancing now.

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