Mortgage Rates Inch Up This Week

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Freddie Mac reports a jump in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to 6.46 percent during the week ended Oct. 30 from 6.04 percent the prior week, as long-term mortgages rates moved in line with long-term Treasury bonds.

The 15-year fixed mortgage rate rose as well, climbing to 6.19 percent from 5.72 percent.

Meanwhile, the five-year hybrid adjustable mortgage rate moved up to 6.36 percent from 6.06 percent; and the one-year ARM increased to 5.38 percent from 5.23 percent.
Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft expects short-term rates to remain low due to the Federal Reserve’s recent cut in the discount and federal-funds rates, and he notes that falling home prices have jump-started residential sales in some markets by making properties more affordable.

Source: The Wall Street Journal (10/31/08)

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