U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise From a Record Low With 30-Year at 2.96%

Mortgage rates rose for the first time in three weeks, while holding close to the record lows that have juiced up the U.S. housing market.

The average for a 30-year loan climbed to 2.96% this week, up from 2.88%, which was the lowest in almost 50 years of data-keeping by Freddie Mac. The rate fell below 3% for the first time in July, a slide in borrowing costs that began earlier this year as Covid-19 roiled financial markets.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise From a Record Low With 30-Year at 2.96%

The low rates have made purchases more affordable and put money back in the pockets of homeowners who’ve refinanced, making housing a bright spot in an economy otherwise ravaged by the pandemic. Sales of both new and previously owned houses have surged, and more renters have become buyers.

“Homebuyer demand remains strong, especially for those in search of an entry-level home where the improvement in affordability via lower mortgage rates has a material impact,” Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said in a statement.

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