Mortgage rates showed no clear direction in the St. Louis area this week.
Benchmark 30-year rate flat in St. Louis
The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the St. Louis area remained consistent at 3.91 percent, according to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders.
The mortgages in the survey for this week had an average of 0.37 discount and origination points.
With the most popular mortgage rate frozen in place, 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 consistent, remaining at $779.20.
Other St. Louis mortgage types mixed
Breaking ranks with the 30-year conventional mortgage the average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell this week, down 12 basis points to 3.88 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the St. Louis area, that limit is $424,100.
The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped 3 basis points as well, dipping to 3.22 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage followed rates ticking downwards, ticking down $2.40 to $1,157.00.
The 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance. With this downward trend in the 15-year fixed, a refinance will be more attractive to some homeowners.
The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate rose 4 points this week, climbing to 3.08 percent. 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages allow homeowners to pay a fixed rate for the first 5 years, and the rate adjusts once per year every year after. They are the most popular type of variable-rate mortgage.
Weekly mortgage survey
|Results from Bankrate’s survey of mortgage lenders conducted October 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 St. Louis area.|
|30-year fixed||15-year fixed||5-year ARM||30-year jumbo|
|This week’s rate:||3.91%||3.22%||3.08%||3.88%|
|Change from last week:||N/C||-0.03||+0.04||-0.12|
|Change from last week:||N/C||-$2.40||+$3.58||-$29.01|
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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