Based on new data from Redfin, the typical U.S. homebuyer's monthly mortgage payment was $2,605 during the four weeks ending in late July 2023, up 19% from a year earlier.
Housing payments remain historically high because mortgage rates remain elevated, with weekly average rates clocking in at 6.9% this week, and home prices are on the rise. The median home-sale price is up 3.2% year over year, the biggest increase since November.
Home prices are increasing because of the mismatch between supply and demand. High mortgage rates have pushed many would-be sellers out of the market, with homeowners hanging onto their relatively low rates. The total number of homes for sale is down 19%, the biggest drop in a year and a half, and new listings are down 21%.
High rates are also sidelining prospective buyers, but not as much as they're deterring would-be sellers. Redfin's Homebuyer Demand Index, which measures early-stage demand through requests for tours and other buying services from Redfin agents, is down just 4% from a year ago.
Leading indicators of homebuying activity:
Key housing market takeaways for 400+ U.S. metro areas: