Mortgage rates continue falling before Thanksgiving: Freddie Mac

In a recent article from Housing Wire, mortgage rates have recently decreased, with the 30-year fixed mortgage rate averaging 7.29% as of November 22, down from 7.44% the previous week but up from 6.58% a year ago. Despite the drop, potential homebuyers are hesitant, waiting for even lower rates and increased housing inventory. Existing home sales have hit a thirteen-year low, attributed to buyers’ reluctance and affordability challenges. New construction starts showed strength in October, contrasting with the slump in existing-home sales.

Key Points:

  1. Mortgage Rate Movement: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has seen a recent decline, dropping half a percent in the last few weeks. However, it remains relatively high at 7.29%, contributing to potential homebuyers holding out for further rate decreases.
  2. Market Dynamics: Affordability pressures and a desire for lower rates have led to a slowdown in existing home sales, reaching a thirteen-year low. New construction starts, on the other hand, have shown surprising strength in October, creating a contrast in the housing market.

That’s it for today! Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, gratitude, and the joy of cherished moments with loved ones.


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