In this Sept. 3, 2019, photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. (Photo: AP)
US long-term mortgage rates rose this week but remained at historically low levels.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.56% from 3.49% last week. Average rates on the benchmark loan have remained below 3.6% for four straight weeks — the first time that’s happened since the fourth quarter of 2016.
A year ago, the 30-year rate stood at 4.6%.
The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans rose to 3.09% from 3% last week.
Investors continue to expect the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at its policymaking meeting next week in another bid by the central bank to help maintain US economic growth. The Fed raised its benchmark interest rate in July by a quarter point, its first hike in a decade.
Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week to compile its mortgage rate figures.
The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.
The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged this week at 0.5 point.
The average fee for the 15-year mortgage fell to 0.5 point from 0.6 point.
The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 3.36% from 3.30% last week. The fee slipped to 0.3 point from 0.4 point.