Average fixed-rate mortgages are holding near historical lows, but did inch higher this week amid a stronger employment report, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.
The economy added 257,000 new jobs in January, following additional increases in December (329,000) and November (423,000).
Despite this week’s uptick in rates, fixed-rate mortgages remain near lows from May 23, 2013, Freddie Mac reports.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Feb. 12:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.69 percent, with an average 0.6 point up from last week’s 3.59 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.28 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.99 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 2.92 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.33 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.97 percent, with an average 0.5 point, up from last week’s 2.82 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.05 percent.
- 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.42 percent, with an average 0.4 point, also up from last week’s 2.39 percent average. Last year at this time, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.55 percent.