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Mortgage Rates Today, Jan. 25: Moving Higher; 2016 Home Sales Best in a Decade

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Thirty-year fixed, 15-year fixed and 5/1 ARM ratesare all higher Wednesday,according to a NerdWalletsurvey of mortgage rates published by national lendersthis morning.

Most of the lenders surveyed repriced their loans higher today, though many of the changes were modest. But with the stock market rising — the Dow touched a record high 20,000 this morning — the bond market may see more weakness, pushing mortgage rates even higher.

Mortgage Rates Today,
Wednesday, Jan. 25

(Change from 1/24)
30-year fixed: 4.44% APR (+0.04)
15-year fixed: 3.83% APR (+0.07)
5/1 ARM: 3.85% APR (+0.02)

Existing-home sales best since 2006

Existing-home sales in 2016 were the highest since 2006, with 5.45 million completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, according to a report issued by the National Association of Realtors. However, the report said sales were up just 0.7% from 2015.

“Solid job creation throughout 2016 and exceptionally low mortgage rates translated into a good year for the housing market,” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said in a release.

The releasenoted that first-time home buyers represented 32% of all sales in 2016.

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“Constrained inventory in many areas and climbing rents, home prices and mortgage rates means it’s not getting any easier to be a first-time buyer,” Yun said. “It’ll take more entry-level supply, continued job gains and even stronger wage growth for first-timers to make up a greater share of the market.”

Meanwhile, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning that home loan applications were up 4% for the week ending Jan. 20. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index rose 6% from the previous week — to its highest level since June 2016. Mortgage refinance applications were up incrementally (0.2%) from the week prior.

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Homeowners looking to lower their mortgage rate can shop for refinance lenders here.

NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the published annual percentage ratewith the lowest points for each loan term offeredby a sampling of major national lenders. APR quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providingthe most accurate view of the costsa borrower might pay.

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Hal Bundrick is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: hal@nerdwallet.com. Twitter:@halmbundrick.

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