Mortgage Rates Monday: Higher, While 2018 Forecasts Are Mixed

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The average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased five basis points, the 15-year fixed went up six basis points and the 5/1 ARM climbed three basis points, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published by national lenders Monday.

The 30-year fixed is five basis points higher than a week ago and 10 basis points higher than one year ago. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent.

A year ago this week, mortgage rates were in the middle of a rapid rise after the presidential election. The 30-year fixed was above 4.5% for most of the second half of December. By April 2017, mortgage rates had fallen back below 4.25%, where they have remained.

There's a wide range of forecasts for mortgage rates in 2018. Fannie Mae predicts that the 30-year fixed will average about 4.1% by the fourth quarter of 2018, which is about where it is now. The Mortgage Bankers Association forecasts that the 30-year fixed will average 4.8% in the final three months of 2018, a rise of almost three-quarters of a percentage point.


(Change from 11/9)
30-year fixed : 4.09% APR ( +0.05 )
15-year fixed : 3.59% APR ( +0.06 )
5/1 ARM : 4.06% APR ( +0.03 )

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NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the published annual percentage rate with the lowest points for each loan term offered by a sampling of major national lenders. APR quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providing the most accurate view of the costs a borrower might pay.

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Holden Lewis is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: hlewis@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @HoldenL.

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