Housing Market Updates May 24, 2023

Mortgage Rates Rise, Applications Fall: The Current State of the Housing Market

In recent weeks, the real estate market has been navigating a volatile landscape of rising mortgage rates. According to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, mortgage rates have climbed to 6.39%, echoing the figures we saw a fortnight ago. Surprisingly, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage has remained steady at 5.75%.

Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater, indicates that despite the continuous rise in home prices, the surge in mortgage rates has not deterred potential homeowners. “While affordability remains a hurdle, homebuyers are getting used to current rates and continue to pursue homeownership,” Khater states.

The Impact on Mortgage Applications

The rising mortgage rates have had a tangible impact on mortgage applications, which fell by 5.7% this week, as per the most recent Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Joel Kan, MBA’s vice president and deputy chief economist, notes that “most borrowers have lower rates on their mortgages, and those who are in the market are extremely rate sensitive.” This sensitivity may explain the recent drop in applications.

Debating the Future of Loan Level Pricing Adjustments

Meanwhile, there’s an ongoing debate around the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s new loan level pricing adjustments. Kenny Parcell, President of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently testified before Congress to argue against these fees, calling them potentially harmful and unnecessary. He warned that failing to address this issue might leave housing unattainable for many.

Embracing Digital Innovations

While the market grapples with these challenges, companies are harnessing technology to streamline operations. For instance, Guaranteed Rate has teamed up with Gateless to utilize its smart underwriting system, Smart Underwrite. This platform empowers lenders to digitally read and interpret critical loan data and documentation instantaneously upon receipt. Importantly, it adheres to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guidelines.

Navigating the Real Estate Landscape

As your trusted realtor based in Tampa, I’m committed to guiding you through the complexities of the current housing market. Although rising mortgage rates and home prices can seem daunting, it’s important to remember that these trends often come with opportunities as well. Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a home or exploring refinancing options, I’m here to provide the expert advice you need to make well-informed decisions. Stay tuned for more updates and insights as we continue to navigate the ever-evolving real estate market.

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