NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -
Mortgage rates edged higher again in the latest week but may have peaked for now, mortgage financier Freddie Mac said Thursday.
The rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.32 percent in the week ending Thursday, with an average of half a point payable up front, up slightly from 6.30 percent the previous week, Freddie Mac said.
A year ago, the rate on the 30-year fixed-rate loan averaged 5.21 percent.
The 15-year mortgage rate edged up to 5.70 percent from 5.67 percent, also with half a point payable up front. A year ago, it was 4.60 percent.
One-year adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 4.13 percent, down slightly from 4.14 percent the previous week, with 0.7 of a point payable up front. A year ago the average rate for ARMs was 3.54 percent.
"The recent increase in mortgage rates has given the housing market a slight breather from the frantic pace in lending that has been prevalent over the last few years," Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft said in a statement.
"That said, housing starts -- although down a little from the month before -- were still remarkably strong in May with most of the decrease in overall construction coming from a drop off in multiunit building," Nothaft said, adding that single-family home building rose to its highest since December.
"Given the current economic environment, we anticipate mortgage rates will remain at or near their current consumer-friendly levels at least for the remainder of the year," Nothaft added.
Freddie Mac's average mortgage rates are based on a survey of 125 lenders nationwide.
Freddie Mac (FRE: down $0.20 to $61.22, Research, Estimates), a publicly listed company the government established in 1970 to provide a flow of funds to mortgage lenders, buys mortgages from banks and resells them as mortgage-backed securities.
Its products, and the products of other similar entities, have become popular as an alternative to government-backed bonds, notably with international investors.