Monday, September 11, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate fell again this week but remains near the 22-year high it hit three weeks ago, offering little relief for house hunters facing persistently high prices and a near-historic low number of homes for sale.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan fell to 7.12% from 7.18% last week. A year ago, the rate averaged 5.89%.
The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, popular with those refinancing their homes, fell to 6.52% from 6.55% last week. A year ago, it averaged 5.16%, Freddie Mac said.
High rates can add hundreds of dollars a month in costs for borrowers, limiting how much they can afford in a market already unaffordable to many Americans. They also discourage homeowners who locked in low rates two years a ...