Rates Hit Highest Level in 7 Years

May 18, 2018


Mortgage rates reversed course and soared to the highest averages in seven years, Freddie Mac reports. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.61 percent this week, which matches the highest level since May 19, 2011. 

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked the bond markets and led to higher mortgage rates over the past week,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Not only are buyers facing higher borrowing costs, gas prices are currently at four-year highs just as we enter the important peak home sales season. While this year’s higher mortgage rates have not caused much of a ripple in the strong demand levels of buying a home seen in most markets, inflationary pressures and the prospect of rates approaching 5 percent could begin to hit the psyche of some prospective buyers.” 

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending May 17:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.61 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 4.55 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.02 percent. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.08 percent, with an average 0.4 point, increasing from last week’s 4.01 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.27 percent. 
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.82 percent, with an average 0.3 point, rising from last week’s 3.77 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.13 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac