According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, after declining for two straight weeks, U.S. mortgage rates reversed direction this week and rose to their second highest level this year.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says the rising interest rate environment of today's economy continued over the past week. "The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage climbed eight basis points to 4.62 percent, and the Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points," he said. "The good news is that the impact on consumer budgets will be smaller than past rate hike cycles. That is because a much smaller segment of mortgage loans in today's market are pegged to short-term rate movements. The adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) share of outstanding loans is a lot smaller now - 8 percent versus 31 percent - than during the Fed's last round of tightening between 2004 and 2006."
Added Khater, "Still, inflation continues to firm and borrowing costs are inching higher. Although wages are slowly growing, stronger gains would certainly go a long way in helping consumers offset these increases in prices and rates."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.62 percent with an average 0.4 point for the week ending June 14, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.54 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.91 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 4.07 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.01 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.18 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.83 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.74 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.15 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.