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Mortgage Rates Rise Modestly to 5.81%

Mortgage rates inched closer to 6% this week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.81%, up modestly from 5.78% last week, according to Freddie Mac. Borrowing costs are mounting higher and higher for potential home buyers, who now find themselves squeezed both financially and by low inventory.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for mortgage rates for the week ending June 23:

*30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 5.81% with an average 0.8 point, up from last week’s 5.78%. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.02%.

Home Sales Retreat to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Home sales are falling from their pandemic-fueled highs as home buyers tighten up their budgets. “Home sales have essentially returned to the levels seen in 2019—prior to the pandemic—after two years of gangbuster performance,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®.

Surging Mortgage Rates Spook House Hunters

Mortgage rates have climbed to their highest level since 2008, pinching home buyers’ budgets. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.78% this week, way above its 2.93% average just one year ago, Freddie Mac reports. The Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to raise its key benchmark rate by the highest amount in 28 years sent shock waves through financial markets, including adding further pressure on mortgage rates.

Aging Housing Stock Prompts Remodeling Boom

The median age of a home in the U.S. is 39 years old. The aging housing stock signals a growing remodeling market ahead, according to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders.

As homes age, they need repairs or updated components such as appliances. Homeowners may add amenities to older homes as well, to have them better compete against more modern home styles and amenities.

Mortgage Rates Turn Upward Again

Increased economic activity and incoming inflation data were behind the most recent rate increases this week, says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The housing market is incredibly rate sensitive, so as mortgage rates increase suddenly, demand again is pulling back,” he says. “The material decline in purchase activity combined with the rising supply of homes for sale will cause a deceleration in price growth to more normal levels, providing some relief for buyers still interested in purchasing a home.”

Parents Stepping In to Help Adult Children Buy Homes

With rising home prices, the “bank of mom and dad” has been helping many adult children purchase their first home. More parents reportedly are helping their young adult children buy, whether by co-signing on a mortgage, gifting them money for a down payment, or even buying the property outright for them, Bloomberg reports.

New HUD Program Takes Aim at Housing Supply Crisis

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new program to help remedy the nation’s housing supply shortage by boosting affordable housing. HUD’s “Our Way Home” initiative sets out to increase housing supply by helping local communities preserve and add affordable housing in their area for rentals and homeownership. This may include several initiatives, like advocating for zoning changes, holding roundtables to engage local and state leadership for solutions, and more.

More Sellers Dropping Asking Prices

Some homeowners may need to reset their price expectations. Signs of a slowing real estate market are growing across the country—existing-home sales and new-home sales are falling as well as pending home sales. Pending home sales fell for the sixth consecutive month in April and are now at the slowest pace in nearly 10 years, the National Association of REALTORS® reported last week.

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Mortgage Rates Drop From Recent Highs

“Mortgage rates decreased for the second week in a row due to multiple headwinds that the economy is facing,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Despite the recent moderation in rates, the housing market has clearly slowed, and the deceleration is spreading to other segments of the economy, such as consumer spending on durable goods.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with rates for the week ending May 26:

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