Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending September 23, 2021. The PMMS reports that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.88% with an average 0.7 point, up slightly from last week when it averaged 2.86%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.90%. The 15-year fixed-mortgage averaged 2.15% with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.12%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.40%.
In a statement prepared for this week’s PMMS report, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater said, “The slowdown in economic growth around the world has caused a flight to the quality of the U.S. financial markets. This has led to a rise in foreign investor purchases of U.S. Treasuries, causing mortgage rates to remain in place, despite the increasing dispersion of inflation across different consumer goods and services.”
Khater added, “On the housing front, homebuyers continue to snap up available inventory, which has improved modestly, and home price growth is moderating. However, the next few months will be choppy as several home builders are signaling that they are going to deliver less supply amid labor and materials shortages.”
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