After Brief Hike, Mortgage Rates Fall Below 4%

Following two weeks of rate increases, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage settled back below a 4 percent average this week.

“Continued economic uncertainty and weak inflation data pushed rates lower this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages for the week ending July 20:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.96 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s 4.03 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.45 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.23 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.29 percent average. A year ago, 15-year mortgage rates averaged 2.75 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

What to know about the California Real Estate Market

1)  Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California dropped 4.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 458,440 units in July, according to information collected by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

 2) July home sales were up 4.5 percent from the 438,850 units sold in July 2010. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2011 if sales maintained the July pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

 3) “Although July sales improved over last year, they were somewhat weaker than expected, given current prices and mortgage rates,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “Economic uncertainty and recent developments in financial markets have caused hesitation among buyers, the effects of which we may see in the coming months. We must see sustained job and income gains along with an increase in consumer confidence before we can expect to see consistent improvement in the housing market.”

4) The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California dipped 0.3 percent in July to $294,230 from a revised $295,210 in June. July’s median price was down 7.6 percent from the $318,550 recorded in July 2010.

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