The 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.41 percent this week. (istockphoto, , istockphoto; washington post;, and /istockphoto; washington post;) Kathy Orton Reporter and editor covering the Washington metropolitan area housing market March 7

Mortgage rates moved higher this week for the first time in more than a month.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.41 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent

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