Interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages increased from October to November. This is according to several indices of new mortgage contracts.
 
The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders Index was 4.86 percent. These were for loans closed in late November. Up 11 basis points from 4.75 percent in October.
 
The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.82 percent, up 10 basis points from 4.72 in October.
 
The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $453,100 or less was 4.99 percent, up 12 basis points from 4.87 in October. 

The effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.91 percent in November, up 10 basis points from 4.81 in October. The effective interest rate accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage.

The average loan amount for all loans was $318,600 in November, up $3,500 from $315,100 in October.
 
FHFA will release December index values Thursday, January 24, 2019.

For more information, call David Roderer at (202) 649-3206. To hear recorded index information, call (202)649-3993. To find the complete contract rate series, go to https://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/Monthly-Interest-Rate-Data.aspx.​

Source:  FHFA

The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $6.2 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions. Additional information is available at www.FHFA.gov, on Twitter @FHFA, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Contacts:
Media: Corinne Russell (202) 649-3032 / Stefanie Johnson (202) 649-3030
Consumers: Consumer Communications or (202) 649-3811

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/27/2018
Washington, D.C.