For the first time in 10 weeks, mortgage rates inched above 3%—and the era of 2% rates may be over. “As the economy progresses and inflation remains elevated, we expect that rates will continue to gradually rise in the second half of the year,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “For those homeowners who have not yet refinanced—and there remain many borrowers who could benefit from doing so—now is the time.”
The National Association of REALTORS® has predicted that mortgage rates will average 3.2% by the end of the year.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 24:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.02%, with an average 0.7 point, rising from last week’s 2.93% average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 3.13%.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.34%, with an average 0.7 point, increasing from last week’s 2.24% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.59%.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.53%, with an average 0.3 point, up slightly from last week’s 2.52% average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.08%.
Freddie Mac reports average commitment rates along with points to better reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining a mortgage.