Mortgage rates moved in different directions in the Kansas City area this week.

Key 30-year rate falls in Kansas City

The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Kansas City area slid to 3.94 percent, according to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders. The local rate was below the national average rate of 4.09 percent, and was down 2 basis points from last week. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

For mortgages in this week’s survey, there were an average of 0.25 discount and origination points.

The drop in the 30-year fixed is cause for celebration among those who waited to lock on a rate, as their wager paid off.

Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage slid to $782.04, dropping $1.89 from last week, corresponding with the decline in mortgage rates.

Other Kansas City mortgage types mixed

The average rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages fell this week, down 3 basis points to 3.97 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Kansas City area, that limit is $424,100.

The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages held at 3.29 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 15-year fixed-rate mortgage held, remaining constant at $1,162.61.

The 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance. Rates remaining the same doesn’t mean much either way for refinancers thinking about locking soon.

The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate ticked upward to 3.21 percent this week, a rise of 4 basis points. 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.

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Weekly mortgage survey

Results from Bankrate’s survey of mortgage lenders conducted December 13, 2017. Monthly payments are for a $165,000 loan. The jumbo rate is for the minimum jumbo loan amount of $424,100 in the Kansas City area.
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM 30-year jumbo
This week’s rate: 3.94% 3.29% 3.21% 3.97%
Change from last week: -0.02 N/C +0.04 -0.03
Monthly payment: $782.04 $1,162.61 $714.47 $2,017.39
Change from last week: -$1.89 N/C +$3.62 -$7.31

Methodology: The “ 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 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.”