October 26, 2017

FHFA: Index Shows Mortgage Rates Decreased in September 2017

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from August to September, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts.

The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders Index was 4.00 percent for loans closed in late September, down 5 basis points from 4.05 percent in August.

The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 3.99 percent, down 5 basis points from 4.04 in August.

The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $424,100 or less was 4.14 percent, down 5 basis points from 4.19 in August.

The effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.08 percent in September, down 6 basis points from 4.14 in August.  The effective interest rate accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage.

The average loan amount for all loans was $299,500 in September, down $10,100 from $309,600 in August.

FHFA will release October index values Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

For more information, call David Roderer at (202) 649-3206. To hear recorded index information, call (202) 649-3993.  To find the complete contract rate series, go to https://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/Monthly-Interest-Rate-Data.aspx.


Technical note: The indices are based on a small monthly survey of mortgage lenders, which may not be representative.  The sample is not a statistical sample but is rather a convenience sample.  Survey respondents were asked to report terms and conditions of all conventional, single-family, fully amortized purchase-money loans closed during the last five working days of the month.  Unless otherwise specified, the indices include 15-year mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages.  The indices do not include mortgages guaranteed or insured by either the Federal Housing Administration or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The indices also exclude refinancing loans and balloon loans.  September 2017 values are based on 4,445 reported loans from 17 lenders, which include savings associations, mortgage companies, commercial banks, and mutual savings banks.

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