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Tuesday February 18, 2014

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Rises for Second Consecutive Week

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose again this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.18 percent, up from 4.14 percent at this same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 4.17 and 4.21 percent for the majority of the week, spiking to 4.27 percent on Wednesday before dropping back down to 4.18 percent on Thursday.

“Last week, rates rose briefly when comments by Janet Yellen, the new Federal Reserve Chair, ended speculation that the Fed might delay the winding down of its stimulus program due to recent weak economic data,” said Erin Lantz, director of mortgages at Zillow. “During this holiday-shortened week with limited economic data scheduled for release, we expect rates will continue to follow the gradual upward path of the past two weeks.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 3.14 percent and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.71 percent.

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