Good Monday Morning!

The good news is that mortgage interest rates are down again.  The other news is that for most of the country, including the Eugene/Springfield area, home prices continue to climb and home inventories remain low.  For would be home buyers who have been frustrated in finding a home over the Summer months and early Fall, look for the number of homes on the market to increase slightly and for the competition to level off for the next few months.  There should be a very good window of opportunity to purchase a home between now and Spring. The following article is from and it talks about the recent decrease in mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates dropped in the past week after rising in six of the last nine weeks, including most of the month of October.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.69% during the week ending Nov. 7, down three basis points from the previous week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

The rate on the 30-year mortgage is over a full percentage point lower than it was at this same time a year ago, when rates averaged 4.94%.

“After a year-long slide, mortgage rates hit a cycle low in September 2019 and have risen in six out of the last nine weeks due to modestly better economic data and trade related optimism,” Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said in the report. “The improvement in sentiment has been one of the main drivers behind the surge in equity prices and will provide a halo effect to consumer spending heading into the important holiday shopping season.”

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped six basis points to an average of 3.13%, according to Freddie Mac. The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.39%, falling four basis points from a week ago.

Mortgage rates generally track the direction of the 10-year Treasury note. The 10-year Treasury yield rebounded Thursday morning amid hopes that the U.S. and China had reached an agreement to end their trade dispute.

But would-be home buyers looking to take advantage of these low rates will face steep competition when it comes time to make an offer. A report last week from found that the U.S. housing market experienced a 6.9% decline in inventory year-over-year in October, thanks to a decrease of 98,000 listings. Low mortgage rates have stoked home-buying demand, which has dried up much of the inventory of homes up for sale.

“With dwindling supply, prices maintain their upward pressure, deepening the affordability challenges for first-time buyers,” senior economist George Ratiu said.

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