Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained below 4 percent for a 12th straight week.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.82 percent from 3.76 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 3.03 percent from 2.99 percent.

Despite the increase, rates remained well below last year’s levels, providing an inducement for potential homebuyers.

A year ago, the average 30-year mortgage rate was 3.97 percent, while the rate for 15-year loans was 3.18 percent.

In recent days, two influential members of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking body spoke in favor of postponing an increase in its key short-term interest rate. The Fed has been expected to raise the benchmark rate later this year for the first time in nine years.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage held steady from last week at 0.6 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also remained at 0.6 point.

The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages was unchanged at 2.88 percent; the fee remained at 0.4 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs declined to 2.54 percent from 2.55 percent; the fee was steady at 0.2 point.

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