Mortgage Rates Reach 7-Month High

Higher interest rates put the brakes on mortgage refinancing this week, according to Freddie Mac.

The firm’s weekly survey pegged interest on 30-year fixed mortgages at an average of 5.59 percent — up from 5.29 percent last week and the highest rate since November 2008.

Other rates also climbed:

Interest climbed to 5.06 percent from 4.79 percent for 15-year fixed loans;
5.17 percent from 4.85 percent for five-year, adjustable-rate mortgages;
5.04 percent from 4.81 percent for one-year ARMs.

Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft says the gains are not affecting home purchase loans.

Source: Boston Globe

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