NEW YORK, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates were up slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.86 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.22 discount and origination points.
The average 15-year fixed mortgage stepped up to 3.07 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage increased to 3.97 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were up modestly as well, with the 5-year ARM nosing higher to 3.11 percent and the 7-year ARM now at 3.33 percent.
The increase in mortgage rates this week came despite more evidence of a weak economy in the first quarter. As expected, mortgage rates moved up early in the week ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting, and didn't react much to a report on weak economic growth in the first quarter. The initial look at first quarter Gross Domestic Product didn't elicit much of a response in bond yields and mortgage rates because it is not only backward looking, but was also widely expected. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government bonds.
One year ago, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.44 percent. At that time, a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,006.25. With the average rate now at 3.86 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $938.76, a savings of $67 per month for anyone refinancing now.
30-year fixed: 3.86% -- up from 3.79% last week (avg. points: 0.22)
15-year fixed: 3.07% -- up from 3.03% last week (avg. points: 0.16)
5/1 ARM: 3.11% -- up from 3.09% last week (avg. points: 0.20)
Bankrate's national weekly mortgage survey is conducted each Wednesday from data provided by the top 10 banks and thrifts in 10 top markets.
The survey is complemented by Bankrate's weekly Rate Trend Index, in which a panel of mortgage experts predicts which way the rates are headed over the next seven days. Half of this week's respondents predict a retreat in mortgage rates in the coming week. There is division among the other half of respondents, with 30 percent expecting further increases and 20 percent forecasting that mortgage rates will remain more or less unchanged over the coming week.
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