According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on 30-year mortgages - the most popular kind among Americans - rose to the highest level since 2002.
"The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage broke seven percent for the first time since April 2002, leading to greater stagnation in the housing market," said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist. "As inflation endures, consumers are seeing higher costs at every turn, causing further declines in consumer confidence this month. In fact, many potential homebuyers are choosing to wait and see where the housing market will end up, pushing demand and home prices further downward."
Freddie Mac News Facts: