After some straight declines for a few weeks, mortgage rates have started marching up one more time. When I observed the 30- year fixed are a mortgage, benchmark rate rose to 4.27 percent in the current week. This was earlier at 4.25 percent, and that was a few weeks back. These numbers are based on the latest survey, which was led among largest mortgage lenders in a nation called Bankrate’s survey. Even in 2018, we have observed the highest rate, that was 4.27 percent for 30 year fixed rate mortgages.
But before that, it was observed to be 4.80 percent. This was also almost a year ago, and just before this survey that is before a few weeks, the rate was 4.36 %. So, the average for the current week is 0.83 % points, and that is for 30 years fixed rate mortgage. This was below 5.10 %, which is 52- week high. This lies above 0.10 % points, which are 52- week low of the 4.27 %.
When we consider 30 years fixed rate mortgage, in the current week survey, there is an average total of 0.32 original points and discount. In the last 52 weeks, 30 years fixed rate mortgage has gained an average of 4.67 %. Note that in this week the observed rate is 0.40 % points, which are less than the 52-week average.
When we consider 15 years fixed rate mortgage, it has fallen into 3.60 % from the earlier, which is 3.61 %. There is an increase when we consider 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage that is earlier it was 4.20 %, and now it is 4.21 %. There is one more mortgage that is a 30- year fixed rate jumbo, which rose from 4.20 % to 4.21 %.
Mortgage applications and a boost from lower rates
There is a jump when we consider mortgage applications. It rose by 2.4 percent compared to the previous week. This data is also based on the Mortgage Bankers Association survey on the application for the current week.
Boost in activity is led by refinancing applications, and there is an 8 percent increase when we compare it to the earlier week. But when we consider the purchase applications, it fell by 2 percent. But overall when we consider the refinance share of the entire loan activity, it got surged to 40.5 % which was earlier 37.9 % in the week prior.
When the mortgage rates are staying comparatively low, the homeowners who were sitting in a fence and never thought of refinancing suddenly started their action towards it. Currently, the refinance rate has reached the index, which is 8 %, and this is the highest level when we consider the entire month. Along with this, we can also observe one more increase, which has occurred again, that is an increase in the average refinance loan size.
This is because the borrowers who come with larger balances suddenly responded based on the lower rates. Experts are already observing about the adverse effects of global trade disputes, which are ongoing now, which may affect overall demand. This is the reason there are potential homebuyers who are making delays in buying a home since they are waiting for more certainty.
A slight dip in Existing-home sales
Home sales have not seen any boost because of lure found in low mortgage rates. In previous months, existing home sales have experienced a fall of 04 %, and there is 5.19 is the seasonally adjusted rate for million homes. This is according to the National Association of Realtors. So, 4.4 is the percent in April sales, and it is down.
Experts have the opinion that there is nothing to worry this slight dip and we can expect some moderate growth in some time. Initially, there was the observation that mortgage rates were low for many years. There was high demand for buying, and buyers took advantage of this situation. Along with this, job creation is also high, and this is leading to increased wages to match home price growth. This leads to affordability and also spurs more and more home sales.
There is one more good news that supply of homes which are ready for sale is rising day by day. By this April the total inventory of homes which are for sale jumped to 1.83 million which was just 1.67 million previous months. So, we can observe that inventory totals are steadily improving and they will tend to provide more and more choices for people who are thinking to buy home.