(MCT)—With interest rates rising, it’s getting harder to find a great deal on a home loan these days — unless you’re rich enough to be looking for a jumbo mortgage.
Mortgage rates rose early this week, Freddie Mac said in its latest report, with lenders offering a 30-year fixed home loan to solid borrowers at an average of 4.57 percent — up from 4.51 percent last week and a full percentage point higher than a year ago.
Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages and adjustable loans also edged higher, a trend Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft attributed to a healthier-looking economy. He pointed to stronger growth in the gross domestic product and other indicators.
Additional positive economic reports Thursday drove the yield on the 10-year Treasury note — a benchmark for fixed mortgage rates — to nearly 3 percent. That was its highest level since July 2011, and home lending rates were volatile but continuing to move higher, mortgage professionals said.