Tuesday, December 22, 2009
by Broderick Perkins
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Deadline Newsroom - Mortgage interest rates moved up another notch for the third week in a row to an average 5.21 percent for fixd-rate mortgages (FRMs) on conforming 30-year loans, according to Calabasas, CA-based Informa Research Services' Interest Rate Review.
A year ago the rate was 5.51 percent.
In the Dec. 22 report, Informa said the highest 30-year FRM, with an average annual percentage rate (APR) of 6.96 percent was unchanged from last week. The lowest average, 4.85 percent, was up from 4.45 percent a week ago, according to Informa, a market research, analyses, and intelligence gathering service for the financial industry since 1983.
The average 15-year FRM came in Dec. 20 at 4.63 percent, down from 4.56 percent a week ago and down from 5.24 percent last year at this time.
The average interest rate for the 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) was 3.57 percent compared to 3.55 percent a week ago. Last year at this time the rate was 4.45 percent.
The FRM rates for 15- and 30-year mortgages and the 5/1 ARM rates are all based on a $200,000 purchase loan, with an 80 percent loan-to-value ratio, for an owner-occupied, single-family residence.
Informa's National APR (annual percentage rates) numbers are tallied from the interest rates of some 200 mortgage originators.
Informa also reported the average rate for 30-year, non-conforming jumbo loans, 6.27 percent rose slightly from 6.16 percent a week ago. The jumbo rate remained well off the average 7.22 percent rate this time last year.
The jumbo averages are based on a $450,000 purchase loan with an 80 percent loan-to-value ratio for an owner-occupied, single-family residence.
For home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) of $50,000, with an 80 percent loan-to-value note, the variable rate came in at an average 5 percent, virtually unchanged for the past four weeks but up from 4.66 percent a year ago.
The average FRM rates on 15-year home equity loans of $50,000, with an 80 percent loan-to-value note came in at 7.44 percent, down from 7.45 percent a week ago and 7.94 percent last year.
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