Mortgage rates for refinances may be about to increase due to an adverse-market refinance fee of 0.50%, that was just announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The fee will go into effect for most refinance loans purchased by Fannie or Freddie on or after September 1st. Some lenders have already begun integrating this fee into their rates knowing that new rates locks will likely not close until after September. Borrowers will feel the increase in the rates. Typically, a fee of 0.50% equates to a rate increase of 0.125% to 0.250%. There is strong push back from groups such as the Mortgage Bankers Association, essentially, calling this increase unfair and a burden to homeowners.

U.S. Weekly Averages as of August 13th 2020

The U.S. average 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage increased 0.08 this week to 2.96% with 0.8 Fees/Points as of August 13, 2020. The 15 Year Fixed Rate ticked up 0.2 to 2.46% with 0.8 Fees/Points. This information is posted weekly by Freddie Mac and can be found at

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Note: Mortgage rates are based on factors including, but, not limited to, credit score, loan amount, loan to value ratio, loan term and loan purpose. Rates are volatile and, subject to change without notice based on market conditions. The prevailing rate can be locked in at the time of application.

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