Thursday

U.S. mortgage rates rise. Again!

Rates on 30-year mortgages increased this week for the fourth time in the past five weeks. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reported Thursday that U.S. 30-year mortgage rates averaged 6.13 percent compared with 6.03 percent a week earlier, while 15-year mortgages rose to an average of 5.60 percent from 5.47 percent. One-year adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) also jumped to 5.14 percent in the week from 4.94 percent a week earlier. Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 5.58% for the week, up from last week's 5.34% average. The ARM averaged 5.90% a year ago. The mortgage rates do not include add-on fees known as points. For 30-year and 15-year mortgages, the nationwide average fee was 0.5 point, while five-year mortgages carried a 0.6 point average fee and one-year mortgages had a 0.7 point average.

real estate foreclosures, which shot up to a record high in the final quarter of last year, are expected to keep rising even with industry and government efforts under way to help people at risk of losing their homes.

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