Mortgage rates shoot to 2-month high after hot inflation report

A “For Sale” sign outside a house in Albany, California, on May 31, 2022. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Mortgage rates shot higher Friday after a monthly government report on wholesale prices showed inflation is still persistent and hotter than most analysts had expected. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage … Read more

Free cash extended for Californians behind on mortgage payments

Sometimes, the state just can’t give it away. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the federal government awarded California $1 billion to help homeowners who fell behind on their mortgage payments during the pandemic. The state has used the money to offer up to $80,000 to low- and moderate-income homeowners with … Read more

Mortgage rates surge higher again, causing homebuyers to pull back

Rooftops of homes in a gated residential community are seen in Pico Rivera, California on January 18, 2024.  Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images After a brief reprieve in December and January, mortgage rates are moving higher again, and that is taking its toll on mortgage demand. Total mortgage application volume fell 2.3% … Read more

Mortgage rates back over 7%, as stronger economic data rolls in

This photo taken on Aug. 22, 2023 shows an advertisement in front of a real estate for sales in Millbrae, California, the United States. The sales of previously owned homes in the United States dropped 2.2 percent in July from June to a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate of 4.07 million units, the National Association of … Read more

Weekly mortgage demand from homebuyers is flattening as interest rates rise

Thianchai Sitthikongsak | Moment | Getty Images Mortgage demand is struggling to contend with what appears to be another upswing in interest rates. Homebuyers in particular are pulling back. Total mortgage application volume rose 3.7% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. That was all due … Read more

Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Rate “Range” to Expect in 2024 and 2025

Home prices will rise, home sales will jump, and mortgage rates will fall to a familiar range, according to Fannie Mae’s Doug Duncan. In their newest consumer sentiment survey, Fannie Mae points to a “tale of two housing markets” where both buyers and sellers are stuck. Rates aren’t low enough to get back into the … Read more

Mortgage demand surges more than 10% as lower interest rates lure homebuyers

Prospective home buyers visit a home for sale during an Open House in a neighborhood in Clarksburg, Maryland on September 3, 2023. Homeownership feels increasingly out of reach for younger generations of Americans, who are squeezed by student debt and childcare costs in an era of slower economic growth. The pressures come as President Joe … Read more

January homebuilder sentiment improves, following mortgage rate drop

A home is constructed at a housing development on June 21, 2023 in Lemont, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images Homebuilder sentiment improved in January, jumping 7 points to 44 on the National Association of Home Builders monthly index. Anything below 50 is still considered negative, but the index has now moved 10 points higher … Read more

How to reduce mortgage as millions struggle with rising rates

A shocking 1.1 million Australian households are struggling to pay their home loan, new research has revealed. The study from comparison site Finder found more than one in three mortgage holders were finding it tough to keep up with their loan in January, as higher rates continue to put pressure on household budgets. With the … Read more

Mortgage rate decline pulls buyers back into the housing market

A sharp drop in mortgage interest rates in December may have kickstarted this year’s spring housing market early. Rates are about a full percentage point lower than they were in October, and consumers expect they will fall even more. Optimism about mortgage rates increased sharply in December, according to a monthly consumer survey by Fannie … Read more