Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Higher Amid Continued Volatility

Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Higher Amid Continued Volatility

Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Higher Amid Continued Volatility

The FINANCIAL -- Freddie Mac on September 3 released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS, showing average fixed mortgage rates ticking higher amid another week of volatile market activity on essentially no new information.

News Facts

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.89 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending September 3, 2015, up last week when it averaged 3.84 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.10 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 3.09 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.06 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.24 percent.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.93 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.90 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.

1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.62 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.40 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following links for the Regional and National Mortgage Rate Details and Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

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Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac.

"Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night," said Bette Davis in All About Eve. That could just as well have been Janet Yellen, or a specialist at the New York Stock Exchange, or the head of the People's Bank of China on yet another week with lots of volatility on essentially no new information."

"The 30-year mortgage rate increased 5 basis points, but don't read too much into that. The Fed took great pains at the Jackson Hole conference to keep all their options open and to avoid making too much -- or too little -- of the situation in China and the volatility in global equity markets. This Friday's employment report is the last piece of significant, solid evidence the FOMC will have to consider before their September decision. The Street appears to be calling it a coin flip. There won't be a clear direction for mortgage rates until the Fed makes its September decision, at the earliest."