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Mortgage Rates Today Move Higher on Talk of Fed Rate Hike

30 year mortgage rates today increased to 3.43 percent, up from yesterday's average 30 year rate of 3.39 percent. Mortgage rates have been on a slight uptick since the Fed wrapped up their meeting in September. The Fed didn't increase the fed funds rate but set the stage for one rate hike in 2016. The hike is most likely to happen in the Fed's scheduled December meeting.

Mortgage rates are indirectly tied to the fed funds rate. When the fed funds rate moves higher, bond yields move higher, and most lenders set mortgage rates based on 10 year bond yields. When bond yields move higher, lenders increase their lending rates.

Although 30 year mortgage rates have trended higher the past few weeks, the uptick hasn't been that pronounced. 30 year rates are only up 9 basis points from the 2016 low set in late September and only 13 basis points from the all-time record low.

Checking our database of rates for California, we see there are several lenders quoting 30 year refinance rates below the average rate. The lowest 30 year refinance rate with points is at 3.125 percent and the lowest refi rate without points is at 3.375 percent.

Current mortgage rates on 15 year loans are averaging 2.68 percent, an increase from the prior day's average rate of 2.62 percent. The lowest 15 year refinance rate available in our database for Texas is at 2.375 percent with points and at 2.75 percent without points.

Today's mortgage rates on 5 year adjustable loans are averaging 2.94 percent, an increase from yesterday's average 5 year adjustable rate of 2.88 percent. The lowest 5/1 ARM in our database Florida is at 2.13 percent with points and at 2.38 percent without points.

30 year jumbo mortgage rates are currently averaging 4.16 percent, up slightly from the prior day's average rate of 4.12 percent. The lowest 30 year jumbo refinance rate in our database for Colorado is much lower at 3.375 percent with points and at 3.75 percent with no points.

Average 15 year jumbo mortgage rates are at 3.94 percent, up from yesterday's average 15 year jumbo rate of 3.91 percent. The best 15 year jumbo refinance rate in our database is more than 100 basis points lower at 2.75 percent with no points.

5/1 jumbo adjustable mortgage rates are averaging 3.93 percent, up from the previous day's average 5 year adjustable rate of 3.88 percent. The best 15 year jumbo refinance rate in our database is at 2.25 percent with points and at 2.38 percent with no points.







 
Author: Brian McKay
October 10th, 2016