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Solid economic data and a recovering stock market powered a surge in mortgage rates this week, pushing the average offered rate for a conforming 30-year FRM to more than a seven-and-a-half-year high.

Freddie Mac reported that the average rate for the nation's most popular mortgage rose by 11 basis points (0.11%) to 4.94%, its highest mark since February 2011. Fifteen-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by a tenth of a percentage point (0.10%), rising to an average offered rate of 4.33%, its loftiest level since March 2010. Hybrid 5/1 ARMs also rose by 10 basis points (0.10%), also returning to more than an eight-year high attained just two weeks ago.

Upward pressure for rates remains in place, but perhaps less so at the moment than we saw late last week and earlier in this one. At best, rates may level off in the days ahead or creep slightly higher.

We review market conditions more completely each week in our MarketTrends newsletter. You should check it out.

30 Year Fixed
15 Year Fixed
5/1 Year ARM
Source: Freddie Mac
Current Mortgage Rates
Week08/2308/3009/0609/1309/2009/2710/0410/1110/1810/2511/0111/08
30-year-Fixed 4.510% 4.520% 4.540% 4.600% 4.650% 4.720% 4.710% 4.900% 4.850% 4.860% 4.830% 4.940%
15-year-Fixed 3.980% 3.970% 3.990% 4.060% 4.110% 4.160% 4.150% 4.290% 4.260% 4.290% 4.230% 4.330%
5-year-ARM 3.820% 3.850% 3.930% 3.930% 3.920% 3.970% 4.010% 4.070% 4.100% 4.140% 4.040% 4.140%
Source: Freddie Mac
Updated 11/08/2018
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Hybrid ARMTraditional ARMBalloon Mortgage
Rate changes
  • Never; Fully fixed for entire term
  • Never; Fully fixed for entire term
  • Usually after fixed period of 3, 5, 7 or 10 years
  • After that, annual change typical
  • Fully variable
  • Typically changing at one-year intervals
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  • Never; Fully fixed for entire term
Benefits
  • Low, stable payment
  • Usually easiest qualification
  • Stable payments
  • Builds equity faster
  • Lower total interest costs than 30-year term
  • Lower rates than fully fixed-rate mortgage
  • Can sometimes borrow larger loan amount for same income
  • Can have lowest interest rates
  • Qualification may not depend upon today's interest rate
  • Often has lower interest rate/monthly payment over balloon period than fixed rate
  • Similar to hybrid ARM
Drawbacks/Risks
  • Can have highest total interest cost over time
  • User may "buy" more rate stability than actually needed, increasing cost
  • Requires higher income to qualify
  • Less affordable monthly payment
  • Funds commited to payment cannot be used elsewhere
  • Stable payment for a number of years, then unpredictable
  • Rates can jump by as much as 6 percentage points at first adjustment
  • Payments fluctuate at each rate change
  • Unpredictable, rates can change as much as 2 percentage points at each adjustment
  • Loan fully due and payable when balloon period ends
  • Must be paid off or refinanced in unknown market conditions
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  • Consider Hybrid ARM with appropriate fixed period
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  • Buying or refinancing when income can handle frequent payment changes and worst-case scenario for rates over a four-year period
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