According to Freddie Mac's newest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, U.S. mortgage rates increased slightly across the board in mid-October 2018.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says, "Despite volatility in the stock market, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage inched forward just 1 basis point to 4.86 percent this week. We expect rates to continue to rise, which will put downward pressure on home buying activity. While higher borrowing costs will keep some people out of the market, buyers with more flexibility could take advantage of the decreased competition."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.86 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending October 25, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.85 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.94 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 4.29 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.26 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.25 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.14 percent with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.10 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.21 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.