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By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Posted: 11 am ET

Several benchmark mortgage rates climbed higher in the Boston area this week.

Benchmark 30-year rate higher in Boston

The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Boston area moved higher to 4.40 percent, according to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders. While it was still less than the national average rate of 4.44 percent, the local rate was up 6 basis points from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

The mortgages in this week's survey had an average of 0.20 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 increase in the mortgage rate lifted 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $826.26, an uptick of $5.86 from last week.

Other Boston mortgage types rise

The rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages also trended up this week, up 9 basis points to 4.34 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Boston area, that limit is $598,000.

The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased 6 basis points as well, reaching 3.51 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage increased along with rates, increasing $4.87 to $1,180.37.

"Because the 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance, the increase means that a refi is less lucrative than it would have been before the rate rise," says Lewis.

The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate ticked upward 1 basis point this week, ratcheting up to 3.64 percent. The most common variety of variable-rate mortgage, 5/1 ARMs allow homeowners to pay a fixed rate for the first 5 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 March 15, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $598,000 in the Boston area.
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM 30-year jumbo
This week's rate: 4.40% 3.51% 3.64% 4.34%
Change from last week: +0.06 +0.06 +0.01 +0.09
Monthly payment: $826.26 $1,180.37 $753.88 $2,973.39
Change from last week: +$5.86 +$4.87 +$0.93 +$31.76

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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