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Mortgage Rates Hit 2013 High of 4.58 Percent for the Week

Aug 23, 2013

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates following bond yields higher, and reaching new highs for the year, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.58 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending Aug. 22, 2013, up from last week when it averaged 4.40 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.66 percent. Also this week, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.60 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.44 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.89 percent.  "Fixed mortgage rates continued to follow bond yields higher leading up to the August 21st release of the Federal Reserve monetary policy committee's minutes for July," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. "In its July 30th and 31st meetings, the committee members were broadly comfortable with a plan to start reducing its bond purchases later this year, although a few emphasized the importance of being patient." The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.21 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 2.80 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.67 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 2.66 percent. "Meeting participants acknowledged mortgage rate increases might restrain housing market activity, but several members expressed confidence the housing recovery would be resilient in the face of higher rates," said Nothaft. "In fact, existing home sales increased in July to the strongest pace since November 2009 and homebuilder confidence in August rose to its highest reading since November 2005. Both increases occurred after mortgage rates had risen from their springtime lows."
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