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FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates Increased in January


Washington, D.C. – 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 3.98 percent for loans closed in late January, up 1 basis point from 3.97 percent in December.  

The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 3.97 percent, up 1 basis point from 3.96 in December.

The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 4.23 percent, up 3 basis points from 4.20 in December.

The effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.10 percent in January, unchanged from 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 $310,400 in January, down $7,600 from $318,000 in December.

FHFA will release February index values Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

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 http://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/Monthly-Interest-Rate-Data.aspx.National Average Contract Mortgage Rate Graph for previously occupied homes: January 2015 to January 2016

         Source:  FHFA


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 excluded refinancing loans and balloon loans.  January 2016 values are based on 2,882 reported loans from 17 lenders, which include savings associations, mortgage companies, commercial banks, and mutual savings banks.    



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