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Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages highest in 7 months!

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06/11/2009 02:16 PM
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Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages highest in 7 months!
While these are still historically low interest rate levels the trend is what the real news is. A half a point gain for the three weeks prior to June 5. If this trend continues here is what we are looking at:

July 1 6%
July 21 6.5%
August 10 7%
September 1 7.5%
September 21 8%

After this point it is crash & burn time.


[link to finance.yahoo.com]

Rates for 30-year home loans jumped to the highest level in seven months this week, leading to a slowdown in refinancing activity, Freddie Mac said Thursday.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 5.59 percent this week, up from 5.29 percent last week, Freddie Mac said. The last time the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage was higher was the week ended Nov. 26 of last year, when it averaged 5.97 percent.

Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist, said the higher rates followed an increase in bond yields, a barometer for interest rates on mortgages and other loans.

On Wednesday, the government was forced to lift the yield on 10-year Treasury notes to 3.99 percent to lure in buyers at an auction. That was the highest yield it's offered since last August, before it started bailing out the nation's financial industry.

Though there are signs that the troubled U.S. housing market is beginning to stabilize, higher rates could threaten or slow down any recovery, since borrowers would be able to borrow less money and might decide to hold off on their purchases.

Nothaft said the higher rates "are slowing refinancing activity but not demand for home purchases."

During the three-weeks ended June 5, interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose nearly one-half of a percentage point, Nothaft said. Conventional mortgage applications for refinancing fell each week during that period, while applications for home purchases consecutively increased, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Freddie Mac collects mortgage rates on Monday through Wednesday of each week from lenders around the country. Rates often fluctuate significantly, even within a given day.

The average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 5.06 percent, up from 4.79 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac.

Rates on five-year, adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 5.17 percent, up from 4.85 percent last week. Rates on one-year, adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 5.04 percent from 4.81 percent.

The rates do not include add-on fees known as points. The nationwide fee averaged 0.7 point last week for 30-year and 15-year mortgages, and one-year adjustable rate loans. Fees averaged 0.6 point for five-year adjustable rate loans.