Mortgage rates climbed this week after barely budging in the previous Freddie Mac survey, the company reported today.

In Freddie Mac’s survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.32 percent for the week ended today, up from last week’s average of 6.26 percent.

The average for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage this week is 5.87 percent, up from last week when it also averaged 5.81 percent. Points on both the 30- and 15-year averaged 0.6.

The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 5.78 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, up slightly from last week when it averaged 5.76 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 5.16 percent, with an average 0.8 point, unchanged from last week.

“Looking back at 2005, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates averaged just about the same as they have for the last two years,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. “Since the 30-year fixed-rate is the most popular mortgage product by far, these low rates helped the housing market set records for home sales and new construction over the last three years.

“Looking ahead, as mortgage rates rise housing activity will ease somewhat. So although 2006 will not be another record-setting year, it will likely beat the previous record for home sales and new construction set in 2003. In other words, 2006 will be another busy year for the housing sector.”

The following is a sampling of’s average 30-year-mortgage interest rates this week in some U.S. metropolitan areas:

New York – 6.32 percent with 0.29 point

Los Angeles – 6.43 percent with 0.51 point

Chicago – 6.51 percent with 0.05 point

San Francisco – 6.45 percent with 0.26 point

Philadelphia – 6.3 percent with 0.29 point

Detroit – 6.46 percent with no points

Boston – 6.41 percent with 0.5 point

Houston – 6.4 percent with 0.54 point

Dallas – 6.43 percent with 0.47 point

Washington, D.C. – 6.23 percent with 0.76 point


What’s your opinion? Send your Letter to the Editor to

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription