Skip to main content Mortgage Rates Take Big Hike to 4.61 Percent for the Week
Aug 21, 2013

Rates on the most popular mortgage types rose considerably, according to's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar, as the average rate for conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased by 12 basis points (0.12 percent) to 4.61 percent. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates rose by seven basis points (0.07 percent), closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at an average of 3.41 percent. "The economic data continues to be firm enough to fuel expectations that the Fed will begin tapering its purchases of mortgage-backed securities and Treasury bonds in September," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of "The economy may not be all that strong, but there are few indications of significant weakening that could push the date further into the future." The Federal Reserve has noted that it will react to new incoming data to determine an appropriate point to begin the process of removing extraordinary monetary support. Absent a spate of truly soft data or a new crisis to address, the relative strength or weakness of a given group of data may only dictate how quickly the process comes to completion. "There could still be employment, housing or other economic reports which might give the Fed pause," adds Gumbinger. "However, it is likely that these they would need to be truly weak numbers to stop the Fed from beginning the process of returning to a more normal monetary policy." Any poor news would need to accumulate quickly, as the Fed next meets in just about a month's time, notes Gumbinger. Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the week ending August 20, according to Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ►Average rate:   4.61 percent ►Average points: 0.21 Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage ►Average rate:   3.41 percent ►Average points: 0.17 Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending August 13 were, according to Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ►Average Rate:   4.49 percent ►Average Points: 0.21 Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage ►Average Rate:   3.34 percent ►Average Points: 0.14
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