Mortgage Rates Tick Above 4 Percent

Dated: 07/14/2017

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MORTGAGE RATES TICK ABOVE 4%
The Economy: July 14, 2017

Mortgage rates are making upward moves again, with the average 30-year, fixed rate clearing 4 percent this week, landing at 4.03 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 15-year, fixed rate came in at 3.29 percent, while the average 5-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate came in at 3.28 percent—both leaps from last week.

“After fully absorbing the sharp increases in Treasury yields over the past couple of weeks, the 30-year mortgage rate has cleared the psychologically important 4 percent mark for the first time since May,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. “[This week’s] survey rate stands at 4.03 percent, up seven basis points from last week.”

Source: Freddie Mac


AMERICANS STILL BELIEVE IN HOME OWNERSHIP
The Economy: July 14, 2017

The majority of Americans believe in the wealth-building potential of homeownership, but many are struggling to reconcile the outcome with its cost, according to a new survey by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). 84 percent of Americans see homeownership as a good investment, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey. (PRNewsfoto/National Association of Realtors)

Eighty-four percent of survey respondents in NAR’s 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey view owning a home as “a good financial decision,” but 60 percent are also concerned about costs, now and in the future. Affordability, in fact, was identified by respondents as one of their top five challenges, ahead of employment security. Forty-four percent of respondents report the lack of affordable housing in their community as a “big” or “fairly big” issue. Markedly, non-white and unmarried respondents were more likely to label the issue “big,” as well as low-income, renter and young women respondents.


Concerns are being magnified by current housing expenses, and the myth that significant savings are needed for a down payment. Forty percent of respondents report that their mortgage or rent is a burden, and an identical share, particularly older individuals and those in larger locations, believe they need to put 15 percent or more down on a home.

Eighty percent of survey respondents, however, view owning a home as an avenue to equity, and 50 percent view it as a means to ensure a stable environment for children, as well as a secure neighborhood.

“Despite the growing concern over affordable housing, this survey makes it clear that a strong majority still believe in homeownership and aspire to own a home of their own,” says NAR President Bill Brown. “Building equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and having the freedom to choose their neighborhood remain the top reasons to own a home.”
Source: NAR

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