30-Year Rate Back Above 5 Percent

April 8, 2010

Source: Los Angeles Times, E. Scott Reckard

Mortgage rates rose to 5.08 percent from 4.99 percent a week ago, pushing the average interest rate offered on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages to its highest level since the first week of 2010, according to Freddie Mac.

The increase in mortgage rates occurred as long-term interest rates rose higher due to concerns about inflation as the economy improves, and as the Federal Reserve ended its program to buy $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed bonds issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other government-sponsored agencies.

Also, the 15-year fixed mortgage rose to 4.39 percent from 4.34 percent, while 5-year hybrid mortgages fell to 4.10 percent from 4.14 percent.

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