According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the U.S. averaged 3.78 percent in late October 2019.
"This week marks the third consecutive week of rate increases, which hasn't happened since April of this year. That said, purchase activity continues to show strength, indicating obvious homebuyer demand," said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist. "However, the lack of housing supply remains a major barrier to not just the housing market, but the overall economic recovery."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.78 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending October 31, 2019, up from last week when it averaged 3.75 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.83 percent.
15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.19 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.18 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.23 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.43 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.4 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.04 percent.
According to ATTOM Data Solutions' Q4 2019 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report, over 1.5 million (1,527,142) U.S. single family homes and condos, representing 1.5 percent of all homes, were vacant in the fourth quarter of 2019.
U.S. pending home sales grew in September 2019, marking two consecutive months of increases. The four major regions were split last month, as the Midwest and South recorded gains but the Northeast and West reported declines in month-over-month contract activity.
According to real estate data provider Yardi Matrix, regionally across the U.S., the areas of growth were relatively distinct. Urban areas in the Pacific Northwest grew by nearly 32%, adding a total 112 properties and 19.8 million square feet.
According to Yardi Matrix, as part of a seasonal respite, the national average residential rent in the U.S. decreased for the first time since February 2017, dipping by -0.1% ($1) from last month to $1,471.
According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors, neighborhoods located within a half mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors.
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