Multiple important mortgage rates were higher in the Pittsburgh area this week.
Benchmark 30-year rate up in Pittsburgh
The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Pittsburgh area advanced to 4.00 percent, according to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders. While it was still lower than the national average rate of 4.05 percent, the local rate was up 12 basis points from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.
In this week's survey, the mortgages had an average of 1.50 discount and origination points.
With the 30-year fixed rising, it means that homebuyers and refinancers will find it more expensive to borrow.
The climb in the mortgage rate raised 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $787.74, an uptick of $11.46 from last week.
Other Pittsburgh mortgage types rise
The rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages also ticked upward this week, increasing a remarkable 88 basis points to 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 grew to 3.25 percent, growing 6 basis points from last week. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage followed rates higher, ratcheting up $4.82 to $1,159.40.
Because the 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance, the increase means that a refi is less profitable than it would have been before the rate rise.
The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate ticked upward to 3.50 percent this week, a rise of a hefty 19 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.
Weekly mortgage survey
|Results from Bankrate's survey of mortgage lenders conducted August 16, 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%||3.25%||3.50%||3.88%|
|Change from last week:||+0.12||+0.06||+0.19||+0.88|
|Change from last week:||+$11.46||+$4.82||+$17.61||+$219.37|
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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