Mortgage Rates Increase, Cost of borrowing, highest in Over Seven Years

Wall Street Journal writers  Laura Kusisto and Christina Rexrode reported last week that, “Mortgage rates hit their highest level in more than seven years this week at nearly 5%, a level that could deter many home buyers and represents another setback for the slumping housing market.

“The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.9%—the largest weekly jump in about two years—according to data released Thursday by mortgage-finance giant Freddie Mac.

“Lenders and real-estate agents say that, even now, all but the most qualified buyers making large down payments face borrowing rates of 5%.”

“Mortgage Rates Fast Approaching 5%, a Fresh Blow to Housing Market,” by Laura Kusisto and Christina Rexrode. The Wall Street Journal Online (October 11, 2018).

The Journal article added that, “A 5% mortgage rate isn’t that high by historic standards. During much of the decade before the financial crisis, these rates hovered between 5% and 7%. But a return to more normal lending rates won’t feel normal to many buyers who have become accustomed to getting a mortgage loan at 4% or lower, and they could experience sticker shock at what they would have to pay now for a home loan.”

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