The current 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovers around 7.51 percent, one of the highest rates seen in two decades. This is an upward jump from August, where the rates averaged at 7.18 percent. This trend is impacting potential homeowners. Meanwhile, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate stands close to 6.51 percent, mirroring August's average, which rounded off at 6.55 percent.
Last week's scheduled economic reporting was limited due to the U.S. Labor Day holiday on Monday. The Federal Reserve released its Beige Book report and weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also published.
Month-to-month inflation rose at a pace of 0.20 percent in July and met analysts' expectations. There was no change in the pace of month-to-month inflation from June's reading of 0.20 percent growth. The Consumer Price Index also reported that year-over-year inflation reached 9.10 percent, which was the highest reading since reaching a 40-year high in mid-2022.
The Federal Reserve raised its target interest rate range to 5.25 to 5.50 percent; this announcement signaled that rates for home loans and unsecured credit would also rise.
Last week's scheduled economic reporting included readings on construction spending, June's FOMC meeting minutes, and reports on jobs and the national unemployment rate. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Freddie Mac reported higher average mortgage rates last week. The average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by four basis points to 6.71 percent; the average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by three basis points to 6.06 percent.
Last week's scheduled economic reports included readings on housing starts, existing home sales, and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's congressional testimony. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Federal Reserve policymakers left the Fed's current interest rate range unchanged at 5.00 to 5.25 percent; the Fed decision was announced after a scheduled meeting of the Fed's Open Market Committee ended on Wednesday.
Last week's scheduled economic news included results from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey and weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims.
Limited supplies of homes for sale drove home prices up in March. Home prices rose by 0.40 percent month-to-month as compared to 0.70 percent year-over-year. Cities with the highest rates of home price growth were Miami, Florida, where home prices rose 7.70 percent year-over-year, Tampa, Florida with a year-over-year pace of 4.80 percent home price growth, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where home prices rose by 4.70 percent year-over-year.