A number of benchmark mortgage rates held firm in the Pittsburgh area this week.

Benchmark 30-year rate flat in Pittsburgh

According to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Pittsburgh area stood at 4.00 percent.

The mortgages in the survey for the current week had an average of 1.50 discount and origination points.

With the most popular mortgage rate standing still, it’s neither good news nor bad news for potential borrowers who were waiting to lock a mortgage rate.

Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 30-year fixed-rate mortgage were also unchanged, remaining at $787.74.

Other Pittsburgh mortgage types mixed

The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages also remained unchanged this week, remaining at 3.88 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Pittsburgh area, that limit is $424,100.

The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages stayed put as well, remaining at 3.38 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 15-year fixed-rate mortgage held, staying consistent at $1,169.86.

The 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance. Rates staying put won’t help or hurt for refinancers thinking about locking soon.

The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate grew to 3.63 percent this week, a rise of 13 basis points. The most common variety of variable-rate mortgage, 5/1 ARMs allow property owners 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 November 15, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $424,100 in the Pittsburgh area.
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM 30-year jumbo
This week’s rate: 4.00% 3.38% 3.63% 3.88%
Change from last week: N/C N/C +0.13 N/C
Monthly payment: $787.74 $1,169.86 $752.95 $1,995.49
Change from last week: N/C N/C +$12.13 N/C

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.

To learn more about the different rate averages Bankrate publishes, see “Understanding Bankrate’s Rate Averages.”