Mortgage Rates Set New High for 2015
June 12, 2015
Fixed-rate mortgages were back on the rise again this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rising above the 4 percent average for the first time in nearly a year, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.
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"Mortgage rates rose above 4 percent for the first time since November 2014 as Treasury yields surged," says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. "Markets are responding to strong employment data. In May, the U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs. Moreover, job openings surged to 5.4 million in April, up over 20 percent from a year ago."
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 11:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.04 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week's 3.87 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.20 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.25 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week's 3.08 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.31 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.01 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week's 2.96 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.05 percent.
- 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.53 percent, with an average 0.2 point, dropping from last week's 2.59 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.40 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac
Updated: February 19, 2019