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Mortgage Rates Radar: Rise in mortgage rates slows

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Rates on the most popular types of mortgages climbed slightly upward according to HSH.com's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar. The average rate for conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rates rose by five basis points (0.05 percent) to 4.66 percent. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates increased by six basis points, closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at an average of 3.47 percent.

"After a strong bounce last week, mortgage rates are stabilizing at the moment," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. "Last Friday's report, which showed a 13.4 percent decline in new home sales for July, is our first indication that higher mortgage rates are having an effect on the housing market. If housing is slowing, the Federal Reserve's expected process of 'tapering' QE may become a more protracted process, or begin later than mid-September."

Stock markets have been unsteady of late, given the unfolding situation in Syria and across the Middle East, which has added uncertainty about any political or military moves which may be implemented.

"Troubles in the world can be a mortgage borrower's best friend," adds Gumbinger. "Worried investors often park cash in U.S. Treasuries as a safe haven, driving yields down and dragging mortgage rates along with them. So far, this action by investors has been enough to slow last week's rise; should it persist, mortgage rates may actually be lower later this week."

Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the week ending August 27, according to HSH.com:

HSH.com Mortgage Rates Radar - Four Week Trend

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  • Average rate: 4.66 percent
  • Average points: 0.20


Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

  • Average rate: 3.47 percent
  • Average points: 0.16


Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending August 20 were, according to HSH.com:

Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage

  • Average Rate: 4.61 percent
  • Average Points: 0.21

Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage

  • Average Rate: 3.41 percent
  • Average Points: 0.17


Methodology

The Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar reports the average rates and points offered on conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and conforming 5/1 ARMs. The weekly mortgage rate survey covers a large sample of mortgage lenders and is conducted over a Wednesday-to-Tuesday cycle, with data released every Wednesday. HSH.com’s survey helps consumers find the best rates on home loans in changing market conditions. Unlike mortgage rate surveys that report average rates only, the Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar’s inclusion of both average rates and average points provides a more accurate view of mortgage terms currently offered by lenders.

Every week, HSH.com conducts a survey of mortgage rate data for a wide range of consumer mortgage products including ARMs, FHA-backed and jumbo mortgages, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit from hundreds of direct lenders in the U.S. For information on additional loan products, visit HSH.com.

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