According to Freddie Mac's June 2018 Primary Mortgage Market Survey, U.S. mortgage rates declined over the past week and have now retreated in four of the past five weeks.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says mortgage rates have settled down and stabilized these last two months. "The decrease in borrowing costs are a nice slice of relief for prospective buyers looking to get into the market this summer," he said. "Some are undoubtedly feeling the affordability hit from swift price appreciation and mortgage rates that are still 67 basis points higher than this week a year ago."
Added Khater, "As highlighted in our June Forecast, the economy and housing market overall are on solid footing this summer, which should support continued strength in housing demand. Home price growth is still high, but is expected to moderate, and while sales activity has slowed, it's primarily because of stubbornly low supply."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.55 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending June 28, 2018, down from last week when it averaged 4.57 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.88 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 4.04 percent with an average 0.5 point (unchanged from last week). A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.17 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.87 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.83 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.17 percent.
The National Association of Realtors is reporting this week that single female buyers continue to be a powerful force in the U.S. housing market, while low inventory, rising interest rates and increasing home prices remain, holding back first-time buyers despite notable interest in buying a home.