Today’s update on the 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage Average

January 5, 2024


30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates as of January 4, 2024. If you cannot see the image, please feel free to call Realtor Mike Mahoney at 617-615-9435

Mortgage Interest Rates Update 📈🏠

As the new year began, mortgage interest rates remained almost unchanged. Following a gradual decline over 9 weeks, rates experienced a slight uptick from 6.61% to 6.62%. This minimal weekly change translates to just a $2 increase in the typical monthly payment for a $400,000 home, totaling $2,048.

The impact on monthly payments is negligible, considering the median NAR existing-home price of $387,600 in November and a median new sales price of $434,700.

Looking ahead to 2024, the overall trajectory for mortgage interest rates is expected to decrease. Despite weekly fluctuations, the easing trend in mortgage rates will likely continue. 📉💰

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Where Do I Think Mortgage Rates Are Heading?

Over the past year, mortgage rates spiked up in response to economic uncertainty, inflation, and more. But there’s an encouraging sign for the market and mortgage rates. Inflation is moderating, and here’s why this is such a big deal if you’re looking to buy a home.

When inflation cools, mortgage rates generally fall in response. That’s exactly what we’ve seen in recent weeks. And, now that the Federal Reserve has signaled they’re pausing their Federal Funds Rate increases and may even cut rates in 2024, experts are even more confident we’ll see mortgage rates come down.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.comexplains:

. . . mortgage rates will continue to ease in 2024 as inflation improves and Fed rate cuts get closer. . . . a key factor in starting to provide affordability relief to homebuyers.”

As an article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says:

Mortgage rates likely have peaked and are now falling from their recent high of nearly 8%. . . . This likely will improve housing affordability and entice more home buyers to return to the market . . .”

No one can say with absolute certainty where mortgage rates will go from here. But the recent decline and the latest decision from the Federal Reserve to stop their rate increases, signals there’s hope on the horizon. While we may see some volatility here and there, affordability should improve as rates continue to ease.

Some recent posts about mortgages and housing:

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Freddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Market Update

Instant Reaction to Mortgage Rates by NAR’s Dr. Jessica Lautz

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Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you need to know what’s expected with home prices and mortgage rates. While no one can say for certain where they’ll go, making sure you have the latest information can help you make an informed decision. Let’s connect so you can stay up to date on what’s happening and why this is such good news for you.