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Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher, Still Near 2013 Lows

Mortgage rates are slightly higher this week but are still near the record lows set in 2013. 30 year mortgage rates today are averaging 3.94 percent, an increase from the prior week's average 30 year rate of 3.92 percent. The record low for 30 year rates was 3.35 percent set in May 2013.

Chart - Average Mortgage Rates TodayMortgage rates are expected to move higher this week because 10 year Treasury yields increased late last week. 10 year yields increased sharply late in the week on a strong February jobs report.

The majority  of mortgage lenders set mortgage rates based on U.S. Treasury yields. When Treasury yields increase, lenders increase the rates they offer on mortgage loans. When rates decrease, lenders lower rates.

You can check on lender's rates on the mortgage tables here:

Average 15 year conforming mortgage rates are at 3.08 percent, up from last week's average of 3.00 percent. Average rates on 15 year loans stayed under 3.00 percent for a few weeks in 2015 but probably won't be under 3.00 percent again. Right now you can still find lenders quoting 15 year rates below 3.00 percent but that won't last long either since rates are forecast to increase in 2015.

Current mortgage rates on 30 year jumbo loans are averaging 4.40 percent, up sharply from last week's average of 4.23 percent.

The 46 basis point spread difference between average 30 year conforming rates and 30 year jumbo rates is the largest it has been in over a year. For several weeks in 2014, average 30 year jumbo rates were actually lower than 30 year conforming rates. Historically speaking 30 year conforming rates are usually 1 percent higher than 30 year jumbo rates.

Today's mortgage rates on 15 year jumbo loans bucked the uptrend and are down 1 basis point this week. 15 year rates are currently averaging 4.05 percent, down from the previous week's average of 4.06 percent. Average rates are above 4.00 percent this week but there are lenders on the rate table quoting rates well below the average and as low as 2.875 percent with points.

5 year conforming adjustable mortgage rates are averaging 3.36 percent, a decline from last week's average of 3.48 percent. The lowest 5 year adjustable refinance rates on the table now are almost 1.00 percent lower at 2.375 percent with points.

Jumbo 5 year adjustable rates are averaging 3.50 percent, down 16 basis points from last week's average 5 year jumbo rate of 3.66 percent. The best 5 year jumbo refinance rates available on the rate table are also much lower at 2.50 percent with points.

Author: Brian McKay
March 9th, 2015