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Mortgage Rates Continue to Climb

March 18, 2022

As mortgage rates rise, levels below 4% for the most popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are likely to remain in the rearview mirror. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.16% this week, Freddie Mac reports.

“The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage exceeded 4% for the first time since May of 2019,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The Federal Reserve raising short-term rates and signaling further increases means mortgage rates should continue to rise over the course of the year. While home purchase demand has moderated, it remains competitive due to low existing inventory, suggesting high house price pressures will continue during the spring homebuying season.”

Higher mortgage rates are likely to affect many aspiring home buyers, especially first-timers, says Nadia Evangelou, NAR’s senior economist and director of forecasting, on the association’s blog. Since the beginning of this year, nearly 6.3 million households have been priced out of the housing market, 2 million of whom are millennials.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending March 17:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.16%, with an average 0.8 point, up from last week’s 3.85% average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.09%.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.39%, with an average 0.8 point, increasing from last week’s 3.09% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.40%.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.19%, with an average 0.2 point, increasing from last week’s 2.97% average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.79%.
  • Freddie Mac reports commitment rates along with average points to better reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining a mortgage.
Source: 
Freddie Mac and “Instant Reaction: Mortgage Rates, March 17, 2022,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook blog