All February 8, 2024

Mortgage Rates Move in Narrow Range

Freddie Mac  today (02/08/2024) released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.64 percent.

“Mortgage rates remain stagnant, hovering in the mid-six percent range over the past several weeks,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “The economy and labor market remain strong with wage growth outpacing inflation, which is keeping consumer spending robust. Meanwhile, affordability in the housing market is an ongoing issue due to continued high home prices, elevated mortgage rates and low supply of homes on the market, particularly for first-time and low-income homebuyers.”

  • The 30-year FRM averaged 6.64 percent as of February 8, 2024, up slightly from last week when it averaged 6.63 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.12 percent.
  • The 15-year FRM averaged 5.90 percent, down from last week when it averaged 5.94 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.25 percent.

The PMMS® is focused on conventional, conforming, fully amortizing home purchase loans for borrowers who put 20 percent down and have excellent credit.

Instant Reaction from National Association of Realtors Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Dr. Jessica Lautz.

For the eighth week in a row, there has been overall stability for the 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate. Today, mortgage interest rates averaged 6.64% for the week. At the beginning of the week, the 10-year treasury moved higher, now at 4.1%, providing conjecture that the 30-year mortgage interest rate would also increase

While the stability in the mortgage market is welcome news to home buyers, affordability and limited inventory are concerns for the coming spring in some areas. Based on NAR’s fourth quarter metro home prices report, 86% of metro markets had home price gains. While homeowners are seeing wealth gains from what is likely their most valuable asset, first-time buyers are struggling to find an affordable property. At the median single-family existing-home price of $391,700, the typical buyer with 20% down would have a monthly mortgage payment of $2,010.

For those first-time buyers who were successful in the last year, some were creative: moving in with family to save, making financial sacrifices, looking to partner with roommates to purchase, looking to lower downpayment options, and finding older homes with potential for appreciation. REALTORS® can guide buyers on a path that is no longer as direct as it once was to find their perfect home.