Mortgage interest rates ticked a bit higher in February, but remain below their February 2020 levels. Interest rates may rise a bit further in coming weeks, but according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater, “while there are multiple temporary factors driving up rates, the underlying economic fundamentals point to rates remaining in the low 3 percent range for the year.” With rates still at historically low levels, home sales are unlikely to be significantly impacted, though higher rates do impact affordability.
New Listings were down 17.5 percent to 514. Pending Sales decreased 38.1 percent to 299. Inventory shrank 31.1 percent to 1,145 units.
Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 23.0 percent to $227,375.
Days on Market decreased 23.1 percent to 80 days. Months Supply of Inventory was down 35.3 percent to 2.2 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.
For homeowners currently struggling due to COVID-19, government agencies are continuing efforts to help those in need. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced they will allow homeowners with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to receive an additional three months of forbearance, extending total payment relief to up to 18 months. Qualified homeowners must already be in a forbearance plan as of the end of February.
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