Mortgage Rates Jump to 7-Year High

Mortgage Rates Jump to 7-Year High
Freddie Mac | October 12, 2018

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hasn’t averaged this high since 2011, as it inches closer to the 5 percent threshold.

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“Rising rates paired with high and escalating home prices is putting downward pressure on purchase demand,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While the monthly payment remains affordable due to the still low mortgage rate environment, the primary hurdle for many borrowers today is the down payment and that is the reason home sales have decreased in many high-priced markets.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Oct. 11:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.90 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 4.71 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.91 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.29 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 4.15 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.21 percent.

5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 4.07 percent, with an average 0.3 point, rising from last week’s 4.01 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.16 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Mag News

Greater Nashville – Sales Slow Regionally in September

Greater Nashville – Sales Slow Regionally in September
Greater Nashville REALTORS® | October 8, 2018

House 1066NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2018) – There were 3,258 home closings in the Greater Nashville Region reported for the month of September, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure represents an 8 percent decrease compared to the 3,544 closings in September 2017.

Data for the third quarter of 2018 showed 11,031 closings, down 2.4 percent from the 11,299 closings during the same period of 2017.

“Sales slowing is typical for this time of year, though this decrease can be reflected by the limited number of entry-level single-family homes entering the market, even with a 32.7 percent rise in inventory for the region since September of last year,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Sher Powers. “The larger inventory offers a great opportunity for buyers and investors to negotiate and avoid multi-offer scenarios while encouraging sellers to be mindful of pricing and features offered.”

“When looking at a breakdown of sales by county for the year through the third quarter, Davidson County shows consistent numbers, with only a half of 1 percent drop-in single-family sales and a gain of 2 percent in condo sales. Dickson, Maury, Robertson and Rutherford counties all showed solid increases in sales,” added Powers.

There were 2,662 sales pending at the end of September, compared with 3,914 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 30 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during September was $290,000 and for a condominium it was $218,150. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $280,000 and $223,450 respectively.

Inventory at the end of September was 12,415, an increase from 9,358 in September 2017.

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The data collected for this release represents nine Middle Tennessee counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

View the September 2018 Market Data Infographic

Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 100818

Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly for First Time in 5 Weeks

Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly for First Time in 5 Weeks
Freddie Mac | October 5, 2018

Borrowers saw a slight cool down in mortgage rates this week following last week’s seven-year high. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped for the first time after five consecutive weeks of increases, averaging 4.71 percent.

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But the higher rates may be deterring some would-be home buyers. “The strength in the economy has failed to translate to gains in the housing market as higher mortgage rates have contributed to the decrease in home purchase applications, which are down from a year ago,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “With mortgage rates expected to track higher, it’s going to be a challenge for the housing market to regain momentum.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Oct. 4:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.71 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling slightly from last week’s 4.72 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.85 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.15 percent, with an average 0.4 point, decreasing from last week’s 4.16 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.15 percent.

5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 4.01 percent, with an average 0.3 point, rising from last week’s 3.97 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.18 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Mag News 100518