4.58: Highest Rates This Year

by Shilpi Paul

4.58: Highest Rates This Year: Figure 1

Mortgage rates jumped up significantly this week, reaching the highest average yet this year.

On Thursday morning, Freddie Mac reported 4.58 percent with an average 0.8 point as the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Last week, rates averaged 4.40 percent.

At this time last year, rates averaged 3.66 percent.

From Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft on today’s rates:

Fixed mortgage rates continued to follow bond yields higher leading up to the August 21st release of the Federal Reserve monetary policy committee’s minutes for July. In its July 30th and 31st meetings, the committee members were broadly comfortable with a plan to start reducing its bond purchases later this year, although a few emphasized the importance of being patient. Meeting participants acknowledged mortgage rate increases might restrain housing market activity, but several members expressed confidence the housing recovery would be resilient in the face of higher rates.

The UrbanTurf Mortgage Rate Disclaimer: The rates reported by Freddie Mac for 30-year mortgages are usually the best rates that the most qualified borrowers can get, so borrowers or those considering refinancing should not necessarily read this news and think that they can go out and get a loan with the quoted interest rate.

Here’s a look at the path of rates since January 2010:

4.58: Highest Rates This Year: Figure 2

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  1. charlie said at 4:02 pm on Thursday August 22, 2013:
    and over 5 for jumbo!
  1. Jan said at 4:22 pm on Thursday August 22, 2013:
    My first mortgage rate was 8.125%, so it is hard to get worked up about this.
  1. Anita said at 5:51 pm on Thursday August 22, 2013:
    This means sale prices should come down from the stratosphere in DC.
  1. mona said at 4:37 pm on Friday August 23, 2013:
    I remember back in the day when everyone was rushing to get a 6.0% interest rate and they were saying it would never be lower then that ever.
  1. James said at 10:58 am on Saturday August 24, 2013:
    @ Anita: Don't count on it. Higher interest rates are a negative, but buyers still have sufficient resources to pay the asking prices.

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