Based on Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the 30-year fixed mortgage rate hitting its highest mark since December 2016.
Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac said, "The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rocketed up 10 basis points to 4.32 percent this week. Following a turbulent Monday, financial markets settled down with the 10-year Treasury yield resuming its upward march. Mortgage rates have followed. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate is up 33 basis points since the start of the year. Will higher rates break housing market momentum? It's too early to tell for sure, but initial readings indicate housing markets are sustaining their momentum so far. The MBA reported that purchase applications are up 8 percent from a year ago in their latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.32 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending February 8, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.22 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.17 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 3.77 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.68 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.39 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.57 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.53. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.21 percent.
U.S. builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2017 with a reading of 71, up 12 points from the previous quarter. This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008.
The National Association of Home Builders reported this past week their NAHB Remodeling Market Index posted a reading of 60 in the fourth quarter of 2017, up three points from the previous quarter and only the second time since 2001 the reading has reached 60.
Despite steady job creation, record stock market gains and faster economic growth in recent months, new consumer findings surprisingly show that a smaller share of households believe that now is a good time to buy or sell a home.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched lower in the U.S> in late November 2017. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell two basis points to 3.9 percent in this week's survey.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average U.S. mortgage rate hit their highest marks since July 2017. The 10-year Treasury yield surged this week, jumping 12 basis points.