February 27, 2018

FHFA: Index Shows Mortgage Rates Increased in January 2018

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages increased from December to January, 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 4.12 percent for loans closed in late January, up 4 basis points from 4.08 percent in December.

The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.10 percent, up 5 basis points from 4.05 in December.

The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $453,100 or less was 4.19 percent. This is 2 basis points up from 4.17, the interest rate on such mortgages of $424,100 or less in December.

The effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.16 percent in January, up 7 basis points from 4.09 in December. 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 $298,400 in January, down $22,700 from $321,100 in December.

FHFA will release February index values Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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.  January 2018 values are based on 2,885 reported loans from 14 lenders, which include savings associations, mortgage companies, commercial banks, and mutual savings banks.

This post was originally published here.