According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average U.S. mortgage rate hit their highest marks since July 2017.
Sean Becketti, chief economist of Freddie Mac said, "The 10-year Treasury yield surged this week, jumping 12 basis points. The 30-year mortgage rate followed suit, increasing 6 basis points to 3.94 percent. Today's survey rate is the highest rate in three months."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.94 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending October 26, 2017, up from last week when it averaged 3.88 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.47 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 3.25 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.19 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.78 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.21 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.17 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.84 percent.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, U.S. multifamily lending was up 8 percent year over year in 2016, with nearly three thousand different multifamily lenders providing a total of $269.2 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 8, 2017, U.S. mortgage applications increased 9.9 percent from one week earlier. This week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, nationwide housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released this week, rising U.S. home prices offset a quarter-point drop in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the second quarter of 2017.