According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average U.S. mortgage rate remaining largely unchanged from last week's year-to-date low.
Sean Becketti, chief economist of Freddie Mac says, "Following a sharp decline last week, the 10-year Treasury yield rose 11 basis points this week. The 30-year mortgage rate, however, remained unchanged at 3.78 percent. If Treasury yields continue to rise, mortgage rates could see an increase in next week's survey."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.78 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending September 14, 2017, the same as last week. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.50 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 3.08 percent with an average 0.5 point, the same as last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.77 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.13 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.15 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.82 percent.
According to the recently released CBRE U.S. Seniors Housing & Care Investor Survey, the appetite for senior housing acquisitions in the U.S. remains strong, with nearly two-thirds of investors planning to increase the size of their portfolios over the next 12 months.
According to new U.S. housing market research by Zillow, the combination of rising home prices and interest rates creates a doubly challenging environment for would-be home buyers, making monthly mortgage payments on even modestly priced homes more of a financial burden.
Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched down 1.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000 units after an upwardly revised June report. On a year-to-date basis, sales are up 7.2 percent from this time last year.
According to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, U.S. mortgage credit availability increased in June 2018. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit.