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With inflation rates sitting at a 13-year high since September 2021, and holding steady at above 5 percent since June 2021, it comes as no surprise that mortgage rates have also been increasing. As of October 21, 2021, a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is averaging 3.09 percent according to reports from Freddie Mac. This is up 0.04 percent from the previous week, up from September’s 2.9 percent, and up 0.29 from this time last year

This may lead you to believe that a drop in home sales would coincide, as buyers should be put off by the continued rise in prices along with this increase in mortgage rates, but this isn’t what is happening. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) believes the increase in existing home sales took place because of buyers feeling pressure to purchase before a steeper rise in mortgage rates occurs. Existing home sales actually rose by 7 percent in September (when compared to August). In fact, NAR reported “All major regions of the country posted increases last month”. Some speculate this rise in September was due to an increase in supply.

As mortgage rates rise, naturally, refinance rates have fallen. Mortgage Bankers Association reported the refinance index decrease by 7 percent from the second week of October 2021. This marked a four-week decline that coincided with a continued rise in mortgage rates. Because of this, and a continued hot purchase market, lenders are now shifting their focus from refinances back to new sales. And for anyone not shifting their focus? Well, they’ll be watching their numbers lag behind those of the competition.

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