Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates follow Treasury yield for first time in 2017 Show substantial increase from last week by K. Ramirez HousingWire

Mortgage rates followed the 10-year Treasury yield for the first time in 2017 with a substantial increase from last week.

“The 10-year Treasury yield rose about 10 basis points this week,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “For the first time in weeks, the 30-year mortgage rate moved with treasury yields and jumped 11 basis points to 4.21%.”

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.21% for the week ending March 9, 2017. This is up from last week’s 4.1% and from last year’s 3.68%.

Likewise, the 15-year FRM increased to 3.42%, up from 3.32% last week and 2.96% last year.

The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage increased to 3.23%, up from 3.14% last week and 2.92% last year.

“The strength of Friday’s employment report and the outcome of next week’s FOMC meeting are likely to set the direction of next week’s survey rate,” Becketti said.

For now, all signs point to a strong employment rate and a March rate hike.

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