According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.73 percent. This week's 30-year fixed mortgage rate increase is the largest week-to-week uptick since October 2018.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist says, "Despite the rise in mortgage rates, economic data improved this week - particularly housing activity, which gained momentum with a noticeable rise in purchase demand and new construction. Homebuyers flocked to lenders with purchase applications, which were up fifteen percent from a year ago and residential construction permits increased twelve percent from a year ago to 1.4 million, the highest level in twelve years. While there was initially a slow response to the overall lower mortgage rate environment this year, it is clear that the housing market is finally improving due to the strong labor market and low mortgage rates."
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30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.73 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending September 19, 2019, up from last week when it averaged 3.56 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.65 percent.
15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.21 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.09 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.11 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.49 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.36 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.92 percent.
According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. existing-home sales inched up in August 2019, marking two consecutive months of growth. Three of the four major regions reported a rise in sales, while the West recorded a decline last month.
According to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released this week, U.S. builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 68 in September 2019 from an upwardly revised August 2019 reading of 67.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the first week of September 2019, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate in the U.S. averaged 3.49 percent, the lowest it has been since October 2016.