Interest Rates Continue to Move Upward
Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 6.34 percent this week from 6.25 a week ago. Meanwhile, the average interest on a 15-year fixed loan climbed to 6.06 percent from 5.98 percent, and five-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages drifted up to 6.04 percent from 6 percent during that same time span.
"Interest rates moved higher following the latest upbeat economic news," says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac chief economist. He added that while 2006 saw measurable declines in most housing activities, it still ranked as one of the top three years for total home sales on record.
Source: The Wall Street Journal (02/02/07)
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