According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged over the past week in early May 2018.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says the 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained at 4.55 percent. "The minimal movement of mortgage rates in these last three weeks reflects the current economic nirvana of a tight labor market, solid economic growth and restrained inflation," he said. "As we head into late spring, the demand for purchase credit remains rock solid, which should set us up for another robust summer home sales season."
Added Khater, "While this year's higher rates - up 50 basis points from a year ago - have put pressure on the budgets of some home shoppers, weak inventory levels are what's keeping the housing market from a stronger sales pace."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.55 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending May 10, 2018 (unchanged from last week). A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.05 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 4.01 percent with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.03 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.29 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.77 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.69 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.14 percent.
U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 8.2 percent compared to September 2017. Compared to August 2018, applications decreased by 9 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's most recent Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 28, 2018, U.S. mortgage applications remained unchanged from one week earlier.
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.