Mortgage Rate Update | July 11, 2024

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of July 11, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.89%, down from 6.95% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.17%, down from 6.25% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Economic Update | Week Ending July 6, 2024

U.S. employers added 206,000 jobs in June – The Department of Labor and Statistics reported that 206,000 new jobs were added in June, exceeding the 190,000 new jobs expected by economists. That marked the 42nd consecutive month of job growth. The unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in June, up from 4% in May. Although that is a historically low unemployment rate, it is the highest reading in almost three years. It is still above the Fed target, but investors feel that after two years of high interest rates, the job market is showing signs of coming into balance; however, there are still more job openings than workers to fill those jobs. Average hourly wages increased 3.9% year-over-year in June, down from 4.1% in May. That matched the 3.9% year-over-year increase in April, which was the smallest gain since 2021. Experts are now overwhelmingly predicting a Fed rate cut in September. It is widely felt that rate cuts will continue into 2025 as inflation continues to cool and the Fed moves to a less restrictive policy.

Stock markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 39,375.87, up 0.1% from 39,118.36 last week. It is up 4.4% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 5,567.19, up 2% from 5,460.48 last week. The S&P is up 16.7% year-to-date. The Nasdaq closed the week at 18,352.67, up 3.5% from 17,732.60 last week. It is up 22.3% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 4.28%, down from 4.36% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 4.47% down from 4.51% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of July 3, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.95%, down from 6.86% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.25%, up from 6.16% last week.

The graph below shows the trend of mortgage rates over the past year.

Economic Update | Month Ending June 30, 2024

Inflation shows signs of cooling – This month several reports suggested that inflation was cooling after picking up earlier in the year. Key inflation data released this month included: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that consumer prices increased 3.3% year-over-year in May, down from a 3.4% year-over-year increase in April. On a month-over-month basis, consumer prices held flat for the first time since July 2022. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, increased 3.4% year-over-year, its smallest annual increase since April 2021. CPI peaked in June of 2022 at 9.1%, worked its way down to 3% in June 2023, but worked its way back up to 3.5% year-over-year in March 2024. It has remained stubborn, but the year-over-year increase has moderated for three straight months. The Producer Price Index (PPI), a gauge of prices that producers get for their goods and services in the open market, showed that wholesale prices declined 0.2% month-over-month in May, following April’s surprise 0.5% increase. Year-over-year the PPI increased 2.2%. The core PPI increased 2.3% year-over-year. Economists had expected a 2.5% increase, so this was also good news. The Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE), the Fed’s preferred gage of inflation, was released on June 28. It showed that the 12-month inflation rate was 2.6%. The Core PCE, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, also showed a 2.6% year-over-year increase. The Fed is looking to get this index down to their 2% target rate and it is finally beginning to look like they are making significant progress. Experts feel that they will begin to cut their key interest rates from their 25-year high levels later in the year.

The graph below shows the trend of the CPI rate since 2021.

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Stock Markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the month at 39,118.86, up 1.1% from 38,686.32, on May 31, 2024. It is up 3.8% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the month at 5,460.48, up 3.5% from 5,277.51 last month. It is up 14.5% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the month at 17,732.60, up 6% from 16,735.02 last month. It is up 18.1% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the month yielding 4.36%, down from 4.51% last month. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the month at 4.51%, down from 4.64% last month. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Surveyreported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 27, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.86%, down from 7.03% at the end of May. The 15-year fixed was 6.16%, down from 6.36% last month.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

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Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Home sales data is released on the third week of the month for the previous month by the National Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors. These are May’s home sales figures.

U.S. existing-home sales – The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 4.11 million units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in May, down 2.8% from an annualized rate of 4.23 million last May. The median price for a home in the U.S. in May was $419,300, up 5.8% from $396,500 one year ago. There was a 3.8-month supply of homes for sale in May, up from a 3.1-month supply one year ago. First-time buyers accounted for 32% of all sales. Investors and second-home purchasesaccounted for 16% of all sales. All-cash purchases accounted for 28% of all sales. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 2% of all sales.

Year-over-year California home prices jumped 8.7% in May – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 277,410 on an annualized rate in May, down 6% from a revised 298,860 homes sold on an annualized basis last May. There was a 2.6-month supply of homes for sale, up from a 2.1-month supply one year ago. The statewide median price paid for a home in April was $908,040, up 8.7% from a revised median price of $835,280 one year ago.

The graph below shows sales data by county in Southern California.

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Economic Update | Week Ending June 29, 2024

Stock markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 39,118.36, down 0.1% from 39,150.33 last week. It is up 3.8% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 5,460.48, unchanged from 5,464.62 last week. The S&P is up 14.5% year-to-date. The Nasdaq closed the week at 17,732.60, up 0.2% from 17,689.36 last week. It is up 18.1% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 4.36%, up from 4.25% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 4.51% up from 4.39% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields.

Economic Update for the Month Ending
June 30, 2024

Inflation shows signs of cooling – This month several reports suggested that inflation was cooling after picking up earlier in the year. Key inflation data released this month included: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that consumer prices increased 3.3% year-over-year in May, down from a 3.4% year-over-year increase in April. On a month-over-month basis, consumer prices held flat for the first time since July 2022. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, increased 3.4% year-over-year, its smallest annual increase since April 2021. CPI peaked in June of 2022 at 9.1%, worked its way down to 3% in June 2023, but worked its way back up to 3.5% year-over-year in March 2024. It has remained stubborn, but the year-over-year increase has moderated for three straight months. The Producer Price Index (PPI), a gauge of prices that producers get for their goods and services in the open market, showed that wholesale prices declined 0.2% month-over-month in May, following April’s surprise 0.5% increase. Year-over-year the PPI increased 2.2%. The core PPI increased 2.3% year-over-year. Economists had expected a 2.5% increase, so this was also good news. The Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE), the Fed’s preferred gage of inflation, was released on June 28. It showed that the 12-month inflation rate was 2.6%. The Core PCE, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, also showed a 2.6% year-over-year increase. The Fed is looking to get this index down to their 2% target rate and it is finally beginning to look like they are making significant progress. Experts feel that they will begin to cut their key interest rates from their 25-year high levels later in the year.

The graph below shows the trend of the CPI rate since 2021.

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Stock Markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the month at 39,118.86, up 1.1% from 38,686.32, on May 31, 2024. It is up 3.8% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the month at 5,460.48, up 3.5% from 5,277.51 last month. It is up 14.5% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the month at 17,732.60, up 6% from 16,735.02 last month. It is up 18.1% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the month yielding 4.36%, down from 4.51% last month. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the month at 4.51%, down from 4.64% last month. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Surveyreported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 27, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.86%, down from 7.03% at the end of May. The 15-year fixed was 6.16%, down from 6.36% last month.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

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Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Home sales data is released on the third week of the month for the previous month by the National Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors. These are May’s home sales figures.

U.S. existing-home sales – The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 4.11 million units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in May, down 2.8% from an annualized rate of 4.23 million last May. The median price for a home in the U.S. in May was $419,300, up 5.8% from $396,500 one year ago. There was a 3.8-month supply of homes for sale in May, up from a 3.1-month supply one year ago. First-time buyers accounted for 32% of all sales. Investors and second-home purchasesaccounted for 16% of all sales. All-cash purchases accounted for 28% of all sales. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 2% of all sales.

Year-over-year California home prices jumped 8.7% in May – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 277,410 on an annualized rate in May, down 6% from a revised 298,860 homes sold on an annualized basis last May. There was a 2.6-month supply of homes for sale, up from a 2.1-month supply one year ago. The statewide median price paid for a home in April was $908,040, up 8.7% from a revised median price of $835,280 one year ago.

The graph below shows sales data by county in Southern California.

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Have a great weekend!

Mortgage Rate Update | June 27, 2024

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 27, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.86%, down from 6.87% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.16%, up from 6.13% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Economic Update | Week Ending June 22, 2024

Stock markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 39,150.33, up down 1.5% from 38,586.16 last week. It is up 3.9% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 5,464.62, up 0.6% from 5,431.16 last week. The S&P is up 14.6% year-to-date. The Nasdaq closed the week at 17,689.36 unchanged from 17,688.88 last week. It is up 17.8% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 4.25%, up from 4.20% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 4.39% up slightly from 4.34% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 20, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.87%, down from 6.95% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.13%, down from 6.17% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Home sales data is released on the third week of the month for the previous month by the National Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors. These are May’s home sales figures.

U.S. existing-home sales – The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 4.11 million units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in May, down 2.8% from an annualized rate of 4.23 million last May. The median price for a home in the U.S. in May was $419,300, up 5.8% from $396,500 one year ago. There was a 3.8-month supply of homes for sale in May, up from a 3.1-month supply one year ago. First-time buyers accounted for 32% of all sales. Investors and second-home purchases accounted for 16% of all sales. All-cash purchases accounted for 28% of all sales. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 2% of all sales.

Year-over-year California home prices jumped 8.7% in May – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 277,410 on an annualized rate in May, down 6% from a revised 298,860 homes sold on an annualized basis last May. There was a 2.6-month supply of homes for sale, up from a 2.1-month supply one year ago. The statewide median price paid for a home in April was $908,040, up 8.7% from a revised median price of $835,280 one year ago.

The graph below shows sales data by county in Southern California.

Have a great weekend!

Mortgage Rate Update | June 20, 2024

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 20, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.87%, down from 6.95% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.13%, down from 6.17% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

Economic Update | Week Ending June 15, 2024

Economic news this week – Interest rates fell on tame inflation data – This week several reports suggested that inflation was cooling after picking up earlier in the year. On Wednesday the May Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures were released. Consumer prices increased 3.3% year-over-year in May, down from a 3.4% year-over-year increase in April. On a month-over-month basis, consumer prices held flat for the first time since July 2022. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, increased 3.4% year-over-year, its smallest annual increase since April 2021. On Thursday, the Producer Price Index (PPI), a gauge of prices that producers get for their goods and services in the open market, was released. It showed that wholesale prices declined 0.2% month-over-month in May, following April’s surprise 0.5% increase. Year-over-year the PPI increased 2.2%. The core PPI increased 2.3% year-over-year. Economists had expected a 2.5% increase, so this was also good news. The graph below shows the trend of the CPI rate since 2021.

Stock markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 38,589.16, down 0.8% from 38,898.99 last week. It is up 2.4% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 5,431.16, up 1.6% from 5,346.99 last week. The S&P is up 13.9% year-to-date. The Nasdaq closed the week at 17,688.88, up 3.2% from 17,133.13 last week. It is up 17.8% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 4.20%, down from 4.43% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 4.34%, down from 4.55% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields. The 10-year was 4.28% on Thursday and shot up to 4.43% Friday after the hot jobs report was released.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of June 13, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.95%, down from 6.99% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.17%, down from 6.29% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

May home sales figures will be released next week by the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. You can get that data now for your county, city, or zip code at RodeoRE.com.

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