Homeownership Becoming More Difficult

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A patio home development is shown in Sewickley, Pa., on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Even after the Federal Reserve has stopped hiking interest rates it's likely to keep borrowing rates at a peak for months to come. Consumers would still have to bear the weight of higher-cost auto loans, mortgages, credit cards and other forms of borrowing. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(AURN News) — Despite a slight uptick in the number of mortgage applications, mortgage rates in the United States have surged to levels not seen in more than two decades. According to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, the volume of mortgage loan applications increased by a modest 2.3 percent for the week ending August 25th.

In a recent press release, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) emphasized that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is holding steady at a staggering 7.32 percent – a level not seen since December 2000. The MBA also noted a stark contrast in application figures, revealing that they have plummeted by 27 percent compared to the previous year, primarily due to the combination of soaring rates and a constrained housing inventory.

“Mortgage applications for home purchases and refinances increased for the first time in five weeks but remained at low levels. Purchase applications increased but were still 27 percent lower than a year ago, as elevated mortgage rates and tight housing inventory continue to weigh on home buying activity,” Joel Kan, MBA’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, stated in the release.

The unrelenting surge in mortgage rates, coupled with the escalating cost of homes, has further exacerbated the challenges faced by prospective homeowners. Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals that the average home price in the United States has soared to $416,100, while Forbes reports that the national average salary stands at $59,428.

The current economic landscape presents a major obstacle for individuals and families aspiring to own homes, as the housing market grapples with unprecedented financial constraints and soaring inflation. With mortgage rates stubbornly high and housing affordability increasingly out of reach, the road to homeownership remains fraught with hurdles for many Americans.


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