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A sharp sell-off in the bond market is sending mortgage rates to the highest level in seven years.
The average contract rate on the 30-year fixed will likely end the day as high as 4.875 percent for the highest creditworthy borrowers and 5 percent for the average borrower, according to Mortgage News Daily.
Mortgage rates, which loosely follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury, started the year right around 4 percent but began rising almost immediately. They then leveled off in March and early April, only to begin rising yet again. Tuesday’s move follows positive economic data in retail sales, suggesting that newly imposed tariffs would not hit sales as hard as expected.
Mortgage rates have climbed to the highest level in close to four years, according to data released Thursday.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.38% in the week ending Feb. 15, up from 4.32%, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said.
A year ago, the benchmark mortgage averaged 4.15%.
The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.84%, up from 3.77%, and the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.63%, up from 3.57%.
The backup in rates has occurred on concerns about rising inflation pressure, with the latest increase coming after a stronger-than-forecast gain in consumer prices.
“Inflation measures were broad-based, cementing expectations that the Federal Reserve will go forward with monetary tightening later this year,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist.
Fellow mortgage buyer Fannie Mae said it’s upped its 30-year fixed rate mortgage forecast for the fourth quarter by 30 points to 4.4%.
“However, we don’t expect rates to play much of a role in total home sales, especially with anticipated stronger disposable household income growth. The ongoing inventory shortages should continue to constrain sales despite otherwise ripe home buying conditions,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie’s chief economist, in a statement.
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As of February, 2018
A huge sell-off in the bond market is about to make buying a home more expensive. Mortgage rates, which loosely follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury, have been rising for the past few weeks, but are seeing their biggest move higher Monday.
“Bottom line, rate sheets are going to be ugly this morning,” wrote Matthew Graham, chief operating officer of Mortgage News Daily. “Some lenders will be at 4.5 percent on their best-case-scenario 30-year fixed quotes.”
That is the highest rate since 2014.
Both residential and land sales were up double digits in units compared to 2016.
However, inventory continues to decline.
*As reported by the Outer Banks Association of Realtors for the period of 1/1/17 – 12/31/17 as of 1/8/18.
The Outer Banks will benefit from the same sunny warmup that will melt Richmond snow Thursday – before another round of sub-freezing temperatures overnight. But with temperatures remaining below freezing Thursday morning, schools were canceled and many businesses along the empty U.S. 158 corridor were closed.
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Cute, fluffy seals are sunning themselves and resting in the cold, wintry winds along the Outer Banks.
They have earned the nickname of Christmas seals because they annually appear during the holidays.
“The seals are hot and heavy right now,” said Karen Clark, director of the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla. “I’m getting three or four calls a day.”
Young seals migrate south during the winter in search of food, she said. Juveniles are lower in the hierarchy and have a hard time competing for food with the adults, so they venture from their homes in Canada and New England as far south as Hatteras looking for easier meals, Clark said.
By MATT OTT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes at the fastest pace in more than 25 years in November, with sales skyrocketing 17.5 percent amid robust demand and a continued shortage of existing homes on the market.
New home sales last month jumped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733,000 units compared to 624,000 in October, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s the biggest monthly gain since January 1992 and the most homes sold in a month since July 2007, just months before the economic downturn.