U.S. mortgage rates reverse course

U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after dropping in most of the recent weeks, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.53 percent for the week ending July 12, up from 4.52 percent the previous week. A year ago, mortgage rates stood at 4.03 percent. Favorable mortgage rates have helped drive U.S. home sales and the refinance market. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said mortgage rates were mostly unchanged, but did tick up for the first time since early June. “The…Original Article