Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Bound Higher on Inflation Pickup

PR Newswire 16-Feb-2017 7:30 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Mortgage rates jumped this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate moving to 4.35 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.25 discount and origination points.

The larger jumbo 30-year fixed climbed to 4.34 percent, while the average 15-year fixed mortgage rate rebounded to 3.51 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates also moved upward, with the 5-year ARM notching higher to 3.51 percent and the 7-year ARM stepping up to 3.73 percent.

Mortgage rates moved higher following increases in two different inflation measures the Producer Price Index and the Consumer Price Index and Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress that waiting too long to raise interest rates "would be unwise." With this week's move, the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate reset a new high water mark since May 2014. The two inflation readings and strong results on retail sales for both December and January indicate an economy gaining momentum. Coupled with near full employment and the prospect of government stimulus, Janet Yellen reiterated the need to raise interest rates further. The timing however, remains uncertain. But within a 24-hour span following Yellen's initial comments to the Senate Banking Committee and the release of the retail sales and consumer price data, the odds of a March rate hike doubled from 13 percent to 26 percent according to trading in Fed funds futures.

At the current average 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 4.35 percent, the monthly payment for a $200,000 loan is $995.62.

SURVEY RESULTS 30-year fixed: 4.35% -- up from 4.27% last week (avg. points: 0.25)15-year fixed: 3.51% -- up from 3.49% last week (avg. points: 0.22)5/1 ARM: 3.51% -- up from 3.46% last week (avg. points: 0.26)

Bankrate's national weekly mortgage survey is conducted each Wednesday from data provided by the top 10 banks and thrifts in 10 top markets. For a full analysis of this week's move in mortgage rates, go to http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/mortgage-analysis-021517.aspx

The survey is complemented by Bankrate's weekly Rate Trend Index, in which a panel of mortgage experts predicts which way the rates are headed over the next seven days. More than half of the panelists 55 percent expect mortgage rates to continue climbing over the next week. A bit more than one-third of respondents, 36 percent, predict mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged while just 9 percent forecast a retreat in the coming week.

About Bankrate.com Bankrate.com provides consumers with the expert advice and tools needed to succeed throughout life's financial journey. For over two decades, Bankrate.com has been a leading personal finance destination. The company offers award-winning editorial content, competitive rate information, and calculators and tools across multiple categories, including mortgages, deposits, credit cards, retirement, automobile loans, and taxes. Bankrate aggregates rate information from over 4,800 institutions on more than 300 financial products. With coverage of over 600 local markets, Bankrate generates rate tables in all 50 U.S. states. Bankrate develops and provides web services to more than 100 cobranded websites with online partners, including some of the most trusted and frequently visited personal finance sites on the internet, such as Comcast, Yahoo!, CNBC and Bloomberg. In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to more than 500 newspapers on a daily basis including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

For more information contact: Kayleen Yates Vice President, Corporate Communicationskyates@bankrate.com(917) 368-8677

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