Rates on New Home Loans: Still Rising


Eye on Housing

In September, interest rates on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes increased for the fourth month in a row, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

During the month, the average contract interest rate increased by 10 basis points to 4.30 percent, while initial fees increased to 1.14 percent (from an average of 1.06 percent the previous month).  The combination drove FHFA’s key measure of the average effective interest rate on new home loans (which amortizes the initial fees and incorporates them into the rate) up by 11 basis points to 4.44 percent—the highest it’s been since July of 2011 (the month prior to a substantial 36 basis point drop).

Eff Rate Sep13The FHFA release also includes data on loan size and house prices, and the averages on both for newly built homes declined in September.  The average price of a new home purchased with a conventional…

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