Mortgage rates lingering around 7.2% as Fed pauses hikes

Mortgage rates remained well above 7% on Thursday as markets digested Wednesday’s Fed meeting. 

Freddie Mac‘s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which focuses on conventional and conforming loans with a 20% down payment, shows the 30-year fixed rate averaged 7.19% as of Sept. 21, up one basis point from last week’s 7.18%. By contrast, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was at 6.29% a year ago at this time.

“Mortgage rates continue to linger above 7% as the Federal Reserve paused their interest rate hikes,” Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist said.

Elevated mortgage rates weigh negatively on the housing demand, and by extension on homebuilders, Kharter added.  

“Builder sentiment declined for the first time in several months and construction levels have dipped to a three-year low, which could have an impact on the already low housing supply,” he noted.

Other indices showed different mortgage rates this week.

HousingWire’s Mortgage Rates Center showed Optimal Blue’s 30-year fixed rate for conventional loans at 7.22% on Wednesday, compared to 7.16% the previous week. At Mortgage News Daily on Wednesday, the 30-year fixed rate for conventional loans was 7.33%, up from 7.22% the previous week.

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