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Mortgage Rates End 2014 Low, Will Move Higher by the End of 2015

Average mortgage rates start near the lows of 2014 but will increase throughout 2015. 30 year mortgage rates today remain under 4.00 percent at 3.98 percent. Mortgage rates continue to remain low because 10 year bond yields also remain low, defying expectations of an increase in rates.

10 year bond yields closed at 2.12 percent on Friday, almost 100 basis points lower than the forecast for the beginning of 2015. Mortgage rates and 10 year bond yields are expected to increase about 1.00 percent by the end of this year. 10 year bond yields will approach 3.00 percent, 30 year mortgage rates will head towards 5.00 percent and 15 year rates will move towards 4.00 percent.

Mortgage Rates End 2014 Low, Will Move Higher by the End of 201515 year mortgage rates today are averaging 3.07 percent, an increase of 3 basis points from last week's average 15 year rate. 15 year rates may fall below 3.00 percent before rates move higher. Any increases in rates won't come in the first few months of 2015 and will more likely increase as the year progresses.

Today's mortgage rates on 30 year jumbo loans are slightly higher, averaging 4.25 percent, up from the previous week's average 30 year jumbo rate of 4.23 percent. While average jumbo rates on 30 year loans are above 4.00 percent there are still many lenders quoting 30 year jumbo refinance rates below 4.00 percent. The best 30 year jumbo refi rate on our rate list for Connecticut are at 3.625 percent with 1.50 mortgage points.

15 year jumbo rates jumped much higher this week and are now above 4.00 percent. The current average 15 year jumbo rate is at 4.04 percent, up 14 basis points from the prior week's average rate. The best 15 year jumbo refi rate in California is almost 100 basis points below the average rate. Citi is currently offering 15 year jumbo rates at 3.125 percent with 0.88 points.

Average adjustable mortgage rates on both conforming and jumbo loans decreased this week. Conforming 5 year adjustable rates are averaging 3.08 percent, down from the previous week's average 5 year adjustable rate of 3.09 percent. Average 5/1 jumbo adjustable rates are at 3.51 percent, down 2 basis points from last week's average jumbo rate of 3.53 percent.

The lowest 5 year conforming refinance rate available on our list for Florida is at 2.40 percent with 1 mortgage point from Third Federal Savings and Loan. The lowest 5 year jumbo rate in Massachusetts is also from Third Federal at 2.625 percent with no mortgage points.
Author: Brian McKay
January 5th, 2015