Fixed U.S. mortgage rates rose in the past week after falling for three straight weeks but remain sharply lower than a year ago, Freddie Mac (FRE.N) said on Thursday.

The average 30-year home loan rate climbed 0.06 percentage point in the week ended July 23 to 5.20 percent.

The slight rise puts the rate above the record low of 4.78 percent set in April, yet well below 6.63 percent a year ago, the second largest U.S. home funding company said.

To see more home loan rates, click on [ID:nWEQ001236]. (Reporting by Lynn Adler; Editing by Kenneth Barry)