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Posted December 12, 2014
in Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates Rise To 3.93%; California & Washington Rates Lowest By Far

Freddie Mac 30-year mortgage interest rates now average 3.93% nationwide. Rates are lowest in California, Washington, and Oregon.

Mortgage Rates Lowest Since May 2013

Another week, another report of sub-4% mortgage rates.

Conforming 30-year mortgage interest rates climbed 4 basis points (0.04%) last week to reach to 3.93% last week, on average. The average 15-year mortgage rate climbed 10 basis points (0.10%) to reach 3.20 percent.

Both rates remain near their lowest recorded levels of 2014.

At today's low rates, home purchasing power has increased, and millions of U.S. homeowners are potentially eligible for a refinance. It's a terrific time to compare today's mortgage rates or consider a home purchase.

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30-Year Mortgage Rate Now Averages 3.93%

Each week, government-backed Freddie Mac conducts a mortgage rate survey of 125 banks nationwide. The survey asks banks reply with their "going" mortgage rate for a prime mortgage borrower, along with the number of accompanying discount points required to lock that rate.

A prime borrower, as defined by Freddie Mac, is one with ample home equity or downpayment, high credit scores, and documented income which meets or exceeds mortgage underwriting standards.

HARP mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not considered "prime", nor are VA loans or FHA loans which are backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Housing Administration, respectively.

Freddie Mac's weekly survey shows the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate at 3.93%. In order to get Freddie Mac's 3.93% mortgage rate, borrowers are paying 0.5 discount points, on average.

Paying 0.5 discount points will add $500 in closing costs for every $100,000 borrowed. Loans in high-cost areas, therefore, a classification which includes Loudoun County, Virginia; Potomac, Maryland; and Orange County, California, which can be made at the maximum $625,500 loan size, would carry a one-time cost of $3,125.

0.5 discount points fewest number of discount points required by lenders since April 2008.

With mortgage rates so low, there are 5 types of homeowners who should probably refinance immediately. 

The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate also increase last week, rising one-tenth of one percentage points. The 15-year loan can be locked at 3.20% for borrowers willing to pay 0.5 discount points at closing.

Many mortgage lenders currently quote 15-year rates and APRs in the 2s.

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Current Mortgage Rates Lowest In California, Washington

Mortgage rates climbed last week, but they remain uneven between U.S. regions. This is because mortgage rates and pricing are a regional market. Depending on the state in which your home is located, your quoted mortgage rate may be higher or lower than the national average.

In today's market, the best place for low interest rates is the West Coast.

"Rate-and-fee" combinations are most aggressive in Freddie Mac's West Region, an area which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam.

West Region mortgage rates average 3.87% with an accompanying 0.6 discount points.

By contrast, the most "expensive" mortgages are going to applicants the Southeast Region, an area which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rates in the Southeast Region average 4.01% with 0.4 discount points required.

By region, Freddie Mac reports :

  • Northeast Region : 3.96% with 0.5 discount points
  • West Region : 3.87% with 0.6 discount points
  • Southeast Region : 4.01% with 0.4 discount points
  • North Central Region : 3.94% with 0.6 discount points
  • Southwest Region : 3.97% with 0.5 discount points

Note that discount points are tax-deductible at times; and that discount points are optional. If you prefer your loan with "no points", tell your lender. Many banks make no-point rates available to buyers and refinancing households.

A Good Day To Lock Your Mortgage Rate

Freddie Mac shows the average 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgage rate at 3.93% this week, however, you may find your quoted rate lower. If you missed your chance to refinance earlier this year, or have a high interest rate on your current home loan, it's a good day to consider lower rates.

The typical refinancing household saves more than 30%, according to Freddie Mac. Get an instant mortgage rate quote  at no cost, with no social security number required to get started, and with no obligation to proceed.

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