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Published: Mar 24, 2011 10:53 a.mET Share .st0{fill:#FFFFFF;} .st1{fill:#E12828;} .st2{fill:#FAEAEA;enable-background:new ;} .st3{fill:#FAD4D4;enable-background:new ;} 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averages 4.81% in Freddie Mac survey window.videoDomain = ''; By AmyHoak Editor CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Mortgage rates rose this week, influenced partly by inflationary data, Freddie Mac’s chief economist said on Thursday The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.81% for the week ending March 24, compared with 4.76% last week and 4.99% a year ago, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of conforming mortgage rates Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.04%, up from 3.97% last week; they averaged 4.34% a year ago Adjustable-rate mortgages were also higher, with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaging 3.62%, up from 3.57% last week; the ARM averaged 4.14% a year agoAnd 1-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 3.21%, up from 3.17% last week; the ARM averaged 4.2% a year ago To obtain the rates, the fixed-rate mortgages required payment of an average 0.7 point, while the ARMs required payment of an average 0.6 pointA point is equal to 1% of the mortgage amount, charged as prepaid interest “Mortgage rates were up this week compared to last, but still remain at relatively low levels,” said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac, in a news release“The rate uptick was related to higher-than-anticipated inflation data for February and ongoing geopolitical concerns “The 12-month growth rate in the consumer price index rose 2.1% in February, compared to 1.6% in January; however, most of the increase was due to food and energy prices, which tend to be volatileThe core index rose 1.1%, slightly up from 1.0%in JanuaryA recovery in the housing market took a setback at the beginning of the year, he saidExisting home sales fell 2.8% in February, compared with February 2010Meanwhile, sales of new homes fell for the second month in a row last month — hitting a record lowRead more: Sales of new U.Shomes tumble 16.9% to record low. 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