WASHINGTON (8/1/14)--Interest rates on mortgages decreased from May to June nationwide, according to an index of new mortgage contracts from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders index was 4.08% for loans closed in late June. The index is calculated using FHFA's Monthly Interest Rate Survey. The contract rate on the composite of all mortgage loans was 4.09% in June, a decrease from 4.13% in May.
Interest rates are typically locked in 30 to 45 days before a loan is closed. Consequently, the June index reflects market rates from mid-to-late May. The effective interest rate was 4.24 percent in June, down 4 basis points from 4.28 percent in May. The effective interest rate accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage.
FHFA's interest rate survey shows the average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 4.34 in June, a decrease of 3 basis points. The average loan amount for all loans was $292,200 in June, up $9,600 from $282,600 in May.