Several key mortgage rates climbed higher in the DC Metro area this week.
Key 30-year rate higher in DC Metro
According to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the DC Metro area climbed to 4.22 percent. Not only did the local rate rise 2 basis points from last week, but it was higher than the national average rate of 4.13 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.
The mortgages in this week's survey averaged 0.14 discount and origination points.
"With the 30-year fixed rising, it means that homebuyers and refinancers will find it pricier to borrow," says Holden Lewis, Bankrate's senior mortgage analyst.
The increase in the mortgage rate raised 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $808.81, an uptick of $1.93 from last week.
Other DC Metro mortgage types mixed
Breaking ranks with the 30-year conventional mortgage, the average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell this week, down 4 basis points to 4.09 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the DC Metro area, that limit is $636,150.
The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages climbed 6 basis points, climbing to 3.40 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up along with rates, adding $4.85 to $1,171.47.
"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 rose 12 points this week, increasing to 3.80 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 variety of variable-rate mortgage.
Weekly mortgage survey
|Results from Bankrate's survey of mortgage lenders conducted May 24, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $636,150 in the DC Metro area.|
|30-year fixed||15-year fixed||5-year ARM||30-year jumbo|
|This week's rate:||4.22%||3.40%||3.80%||4.09%|
|Change from last week:||+0.02||+0.06||+0.12||-0.04|
|Change from last week:||+$1.93||+$4.85||+$11.31||-$14.73|
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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