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By Les Christie @CNNMoney December 5, 2013: 10:27 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Mortgage rates jumped this week on stronger-than-expected economic reports, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey.The 30-year, fixed-rate loan, the most popular product for homebuyers, rose to 4.46% from 4.29% last week. The average rate on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage, typically used for refinancing higher interest mortgages, also jumped 0.17 percentage point to 3.47%.
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Frank Nothaft, Freddie's chief economist, cited job creation as a prime reason for the rate spike.
"Private companies added 215,000 new jobs in November according to the ADP employment report, well above the consensus," he said. "In addition, revisions added 54,000 jobs in the prior month."