Mortage Rates Tick Up on Fed News
U.S. Treasury yields moved up in response to the Fed minutes release, which kept alive the possibility of a summer rate-hike. Mortgage rates followed, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing 6 basis points to 3.64 percent. Despite this increase, May ends the month averaging only 3.60 percent, 1 basis point below April's average, and the lowest monthly average in 3 years. Homebuyers are taking advantage of these historically low rates with April's new-home sales increasing by 16.6 percent, the fastest pace since January 2008.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.64 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending May 26, 2016, up from last week when it averaged 3.58 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.87 percent.
- 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.89 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.81 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.11 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.87 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.80 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.90 percent.
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