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Mortgage rates hit a seven-and-a-half-year high as the easy money era comes to a close

September 27, 2018

Rates for home loans jumped along with yields in the broader bond market, taking financing costs to a recent high and raising fresh questions about the effect of another headwind on a housing market that’s already sputtering.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.72% in the September 27 week, up from 4.65%, mortgage liquidity provider Freddie Mac said Thursday. That marked the fifth straight weekly gain for the benchmark product, and took it to its highest point since April, 2011.

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