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30-year home loan rates rise to 5.03 percent

Alex Veiga
AP Real Estate Writer

Washington — Rates for 30-year home loans climbed to 5.03 percent this week, the third consecutive weekly increase.

The average rate inched up from 5 percent a week earlier, according to mortgage company Freddie Mac. The last time the average was higher was the week of September 24, when rates averaged 5.04 percent.

Rates had hovered below 5 percent for nearly a month until last week. They hit a record low of 4.78 percent in the spring, but are still attractive for people looking to buy a home or refinance.

The rates have advanced despite action by the government to prop up the housing market and stimulate the economy. The Federal Reserve has pumped $1.25 trillion on mortgage-backed securities in an effort to lower rates on mortgages and loosen credit.

Rates on 30-year mortgages traditionally track yields on long-term government debt.
Still, lenders have tightened their standards dramatically, so the best rates are available only to borrowers with solid credit and a 20 percent down payment.

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, frequently in line with long-term Treasury bonds.

The average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.46 percent from 4.43 percent recorded last week, according to Freddie Mac.

Rates on five-year, adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 4.42 percent, up from last week’s 4.4 percent. Rates on one-year, adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 4.57 percent from 4.54 percent.

The rates do not include add-on fees known as points. The nationwide fee for loans in Freddie Mac’s survey averaged 0.7 points for 30-year loans. The fee averaged 0.6 points for 15-year, five-year and one-year loans.

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