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Mortgage Interest Rates Edge Up for Second Week in a Row

rates-rise [1]Mortgage interest rates rose for the second consecutive week following a strong October jobs report and a slight jump in wage growth, which pushed Treasury yields up and increased chances for a December rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey [2] (PMMS) showed that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.98 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending November 12, 2015. This was the highest since July. Last week the rate averaged 3.87 percent and a year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.01 percent.

According to the survey, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.20 percent with an average 0.6 point this week. This rate is up from last week when it averaged 3.09 percent and it was 3.20 percent a year ago during this time.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.03 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.96 percent, the report stated. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.02 percent.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.65 percent this week with an average 0.2 point, up from 2.62 percent last week, Freddie Mac found. Last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.43 percent.

f [3]"A surprisingly strong October jobs report showed 271,000 jobs added and wage growth of 0.4 percent from last month, exceeding many experts' expectations," said Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. "The positive employment reports pushed Treasury yields to about 2.3 percent as investors responded by placing a higher likelihood on a December rate hike.

He added,"There is only one more employment report before the December FOMC meeting, which will have major implications on whether we see a rate hike in 2015."

Freddie Mac also announced: "As of January 1, 2016, the PMMS will no longer provide results for the 1-year ARM or the regional breakouts for the 30-year and 15-year fixed rate mortgages, or the 5/1 Hybrid ARM."