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Mortgage Rates Jan. 20: Mostly Higher; Builder Confidence Is Strong

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Thirty- and 15-year fixed mortgage rates closed out the week by rising fivebasis points each this morning, while 5/1 ARM rates fell by two basis points, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage rates published by national lenders on Friday.

Mortgage Rates Today,
Friday, Jan. 20

(Change from 1/19)
30-year fixed: 4.46% APR (+0.05)
15-year fixed: 3.84% APR (+0.05)
5/1 ARM: 3.86% APR (-0.02)

NAHB: Builders confidentin 2017

Two reports released this week by the National Association of Home Builders expressed confidence in the construction of single- and multifamily homes for 2017.

Nationwide housing starts rose by 11.3% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units, according to yesterday’s NAHB report, which included data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau.

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Overall, single-family starts rose 9% in 2016, while multifamily construction was down slightly, according to NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz.

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“We expect that 2017 will be another year of gradual, steady improvement in the housing market,” Dietz said. “Multifamily starts have been volatile in recent months but should level off as supply meets demand. Meanwhile, single-family production continues to gain momentum but is limited by supply-side headwinds.”

Dietz said the NAHB forecasts 10% growth in single-family construction this year, despite “concerns aboutrising mortgage interest rates” and“a lack of lots and access to labor.”

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said builders have started this year“optimistic that a new Congress and administration will help create a better business climate for small businesses, particularly as it relates to streamlining and reforming the regulatory process.”

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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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Michael Burge is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email:mburge@nerdwallet.com.

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