Several benchmark mortgage rates advanced in the Philadelphia area this week.

Key 30-year rate up in Philadelphia

According to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for the Philadelphia area rose to 4.16 percent. Not only did the local rate increase 1 basis point from last week, but it topped the national average rate of 4.09 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

Mortgages in this week’s survey had an average of 0.23 discount and origination points.

With the 30-year fixed rising, it means that homebuyers and refinancers will find it pricier to borrow.

The increase in the mortgage rate punched up 30-year fixed-rate monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000 mortgage to $803.03, an uptick of $0.96 from last week.

Other Philadelphia mortgage types go higher

The rate for 30-year jumbo mortgages also trended upward this week, ascending 1 basis point to 4.24 percent. Jumbo mortgages are used for loan amounts above limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency; for the Philadelphia area, that limit is $424,100.

The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased 2 basis points as well, reaching 3.51 percent. Monthly payments on a hypothetical $165,000, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up along with rates, ratcheting up $1.62 to $1,180.37.

Because the 15-year fixed is a popular mortgage for homeowners who want to refinance, the increase means that a refi is less advantageous than it would have been before the rate rise.

The popular 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rate climbed to 3.80 percent this week, a rise of 6 basis points. The most common type 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.

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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 Philadelphia area.
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5-year ARM 30-year jumbo
This week’s rate: 4.16% 3.51% 3.80% 4.24%
Change from last week: +0.01 +0.02 +0.06 +0.01
Monthly payment: $803.03 $1,180.37 $768.83 $2,083.84
Change from last week: +$0.96 +$1.62 +$5.65 +$2.48

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.”