The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.72 percent with an average for the week ending Sept. 27, up from last week when it averaged 4.65 percent. This is the highest level for the 30-year FRM since April 28, 2011, when it was at 4.78 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 4.16 percent, up from last week when it averaged 4.11 percent. And the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.97 percent, up from last week when it averaged 3.92 percent.
“The robust economy, rising Treasury yields and the anticipation of more short-term rate hikes caused mortgage rates to move up,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Even with these higher borrowing costs, it’s encouraging to see that prospective buyers appear to be having a little more success. With inventory constraints and home prices starting to ease, purchase applications have now trended higher on an annual basis for six straight weeks.”
Separately, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported
that the average interest rate on all mortgage loans in August was 4.63 percent, up two basis points from 4.61 in July. The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $453,100 or less was 4.78 percent, up one basis point from 4.77 in July, and the effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.71 percent in August, unchanged from 4.71 in July. The average loan amount for all loans was $318,600 in August, down $3,100 from $321,700 in July.