A number of closely watched mortgage rates cruised higher in the Atlanta area this week.
Benchmark 30-year rate up in Atlanta
The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for the Atlanta area climbed to 4.39 percent, according to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders. Not only did the local rate end up exceeding the national average rate of 4.18 percent, it was up 1 basis point from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.
In the survey for the current week, the mortgages had an average of 0.52 discount and origination points.
"With the 30-year fixed rising, it means that homebuyers and refinancers will find it more expensive to borrow," says Holden Lewis, Bankrate's senior mortgage analyst.
The climb in the mortgage rate elevated 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $825.28, an addition of $0.97 from last week.
Other Atlanta mortgage types mixed
Conversely, the average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell this week, down 6 basis points to 4.19 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Atlanta area, that limit is $424,100.
The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages ticked upward 2 basis points, climbing to 3.54 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage increased along with rates, ticking up $1.62 to $1,182.80.
"Because the 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance, the increase means that a refi is less advantageous than it would have been before the rate rise," Lewis says.
The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage grew to 3.96 percent this week, a rise of 2 basis points. The most common type of variable-rate mortgage, 5/1 ARMs allow homeowners to pay a fixed rate for the first five years, and the rate adjusts once per year every year after.
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Weekly mortgage survey
|Results from Bankrate's survey of mortgage lenders conducted 1/18/2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $424,100 in the Atlanta area.|
|30-year fixed||15-year fixed||5-year ARM||30-year jumbo|
|This week's rate:||4.39%||3.54%||3.96%||4.19%|
|Change from last week:||+0.01||+0.02||+0.02||-0.06|
|Change from last week:||+$0.97||+$1.62||+$1.90||-$14.82|
Methodology: The "Bankrate.com National Average," or "national survey of large lenders," is conducted weekly. To conduct the National Average survey, Bankrate obtains rate information from the 10 largest banks and thrifts in 10 large U.S. markets. In the Bankrate.com national survey, our Market Analysis team gathers rates and/or yields on banking deposits, loans and mortgages. We've conducted this survey in the same manner for more than 30 years, and because it's consistently done the way it is, it gives an accurate national apples-to-apples comparison.
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