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U.S. Mortgage Rates Hold Steady in Mid-March After Last Week's Drop

U.S. Mortgage Rates Hold Steady in Mid-March After Last Week's Drop


According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, there was little change to U.S. mortgage rates after falling for the first time in 2018 last week.

Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac say, "The Federal Reserve raised interest rates today -- a much-anticipated move that comes as both U.S. and global economic fundamentals continue to strengthen. The Fed's decision to raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point puts the federal funds rate at its highest level since 2008. The decision, while widely expected, sent the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury soaring. Following Treasurys, mortgage rates shrugged off last week's drop and continued their upward march. The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose 1 basis point to 4.45 percent in this week's survey.

"So far, U.S. housing markets remain resilient in the face of higher mortgage rates. The National Association of Realtors reported this week that existing home sales in February increased 3 percent month-over-month on a seasonally adjusted basis and are up 1.1 percent from a year ago. That momentum is carrying through into spring. In the latest Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, the home purchase mortgage applications index was up six percent from the same week a year ago."

Freddie Mac News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.45 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending March 22, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.44 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.23 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.91 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.90 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.44 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.68 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.67. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.24 percent.

 WPJ News | FreddieMAc PMMS March 2018
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