The average interest rate offered by lenders on 30-year fixed-rate home loans rose this week, topping 5% for the first time in three weeks, Freddie Mac said Thursday.
The government-controlled mortgage buyer pegged this week's average for a 30-year loan at 5.05% with 0.7% of the loan balance paid in upfront fees, including so-called discount points. The rate was up from 4.93% last week, though down from 5.07% a year ago.
The Freddie Mac survey asks lenders about popular combinations of rates and fees they are offering to borrowers who have good credit and at least a 20% down payment or, for a refinancing, at least that much home equity.
Mortgage professionals say well-qualified borrowers often can find slightly better deals by shopping around.
The average rate offered on 15-year fixed-rate loans was 4.4% this week with 0.7% in fees, up from 4.33% last week.