The numbers: The housing sector continues to face headwinds.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 7.08% as of Nov. 10, according to the latest data released by Freddie Mac
The 30-year was last at this level in mid-2002.
That’s up 13 basis points from the previous week — one basis point is equal to one hundredth of a percentage point, or 1% of 1%.
Last week, the 30-year was at 6.95%. Last year, the 30-year was averaging at 2.98%
The average rate on the 15-year mortgage rose to 6.38%.
“‘The housing market is the most interest-rate sensitive segment of the economy.’”
— Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac
“The housing market is the most interest-rate sensitive segment of the economy, and the impact rates have on homebuyers continues to evolve,” Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac, said in a statement.
“Home sales have declined significantly and, as we approach year-end, they are not expected to improve,” he added.
The adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 6.06%, up from the prior week.
What are they saying? Some homebuyers are fed up waiting for rates to stabilize and are jumping in with 7% rates, an industry group said.
“Although mortgage rates remained above 7% last week, applications to buy a home increased for the first time in six weeks,” Bob Broeksmit, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, said in a statement.
Still, “many prospective buyers are waiting for the volatility in mortgage rates to subside, as well as for a clearer picture of the economic outlook,” he added.
Mortgage demand overall continues to be weak, as refinances plunge, the MBA said on Wednesday.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
dropped to 3.8% during the morning trading session on Thursday.
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