Mortgage rates climbed to a 20-month high this week, following the Federal Reserve’s tilt towards a more hawkish monetary approach.
The 30-year fixed-mortgage rate averaged 3.22% for the week ended Thursday, vs. 3.11% last week and 2.65% a year earlier, according to Freddie Mac. The latest week’s level was the highest since May 2020.
Sam Khater, the mortgage agency’s chief economist, suggested that rates can be expected to increase, amid higher inflation and tight labor market. “The impact of higher rates on purchase demand remains modest so far given the current first-time homebuyer growth,” Khater said.
Fed minutes released Wednesday from its policy meeting last month indicated that inflationary pressures could propel policy rate hikes “sooner or at a faster pace than participants had earlier anticipated.”