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Mortgage Rates Thursday, Feb. 23: Steady; Existing-Home Sales Start Strong

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Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates today remained unchanged, while 15-year fixed loans moved slightly lower and 5/1 ARMs moved slightly higher, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage interest rates published by national lenders Thursday morning.


(Change from 2/22)
30-year fixed: 4.32% APR (NC)
15-year fixed: 3.67% APR (-0.02)
5/1 ARM: 3.82% APR (+0.02)

NAR: Existing-home sales off to quick start

Existing-home sales are starting off the year at a brisk pace, according to the National Association of Realtors.

In fact, existing-home sales grew 3.3% to the seasonally adjusted rate of 5.69 million completed purchases in January, up from 5.51 million sales in December, NAR reported. What’s more: National existing-home sales haven’t seen such a brisk total monthly sales gain since February 2007, when monthly sales peaked at a rate of 5.79 million, according to NAR.

Despite rising mortgage rates and home prices, as well as tight housing inventory in many markets, the data show that home buyers still aren’t deterred from purchasing homes.

“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month, as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home,” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said in a news release.

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NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the published annual percentage rate with the lowest points for each loan term offered by a sampling of major national lenders. APR quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providing the most accurate view of the costs a borrower might pay.

Deborah Kearns is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: Twitter: @debbie_kearns.