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Mortgage rates in Washington, D.C.

By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Posted: 1 pm ET

Several key mortgage rates ticked up in the DC Metro area this week.

Key 30-year rate up in DC Metro

The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the DC Metro area increased to 4.10 percent, according to Bankrate's national survey of large lenders. Not only did the local rate rise a remarkable 15 basis points from last week, but it was higher than the national average rate of 3.99 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

Mortgages in this week's survey had an average of 0.12 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 lifted 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $797.28, a difference of $14.42 from last week.

Other DC Metro mortgage types go higher

The rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages also rose this week, climbing 13 points to 4.13 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 ticked upward to 3.31 percent, rising a remarkable 21 basis points from last week. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage followed rates upward, ticking up $16.96 to $1,164.22.

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.

The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate climbed an impressive 25 points this week, rising to 3.96 percent. 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages allow property owners to pay a fixed rate for the first 5 years, and the rate adjusts once per year every year after. They are the most common variety of variable-rate mortgage.

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Weekly mortgage survey

Results from Bankrate's survey of mortgage lenders conducted September 13, 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: 4.10% 3.31% 3.96% 4.13%
Change from last week: +0.15 +0.21 +0.25 +0.13
Monthly payment: $797.28 $1,164.22 $783.94 $3,084.95
Change from last week: +$14.42 +$16.96 +$23.91 +$48.25

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."

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Elden Raring
August 27, 2016 at 2:14 am

Real estate prices tend to be higher in the nation's capitol compared to the national median. The average median price for a home was $345,000 in February in Washington, DC, well above the national average which is about $186,000. A comparison of nearby states, When purchasing real estate in the DC's area you have the option of a conventional loan or a jumbo loan. If you are considering homes for which you'd be borrowing over $400,000, it may be a good idea to find our more about jumbo loans and be prepared to discuss them with your lender.

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