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Mortgage interest rates are rising. In the week ending June 6, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage clocked 3.91% in its fifth consecutive weekly gain, according to Freddie Mac, after hitting its highest level in a year last week. That’s 18% higher than the 3.31% record low set in November of 2012 and almost 17% higher than the 3.35% rate logged in the beginning of May. The 15-year fixed rate broke above 3% as well, to 3.03%. Forbes
Compared to a month ago, the increase translates roughly into an extra $30 per month for every $100,000 of debt accrued. If rates continue their upward march, mortgages will become more expensive. Since cheap financing has been a notable driver of the housing recovery, could those rising rates derail the momentum? To answer that question, let’s first take a look at what low interest rates have done for housing and why they’re increasing now.
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Sumner says he’s seen an upsurge in interest in money market accounts, where — unlike a CD — the money is available as needed.