The average size of mortgages U.S. consumers were looking to obtain to buy a home or to refinance one hit a record high of $354,500 last week, suggesting resilience in the higher end of the housing market, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday. Reuters reports:
On the other hand, the rise hints that first-time buyers face a challenge in finding their home of choice heading into spring, which is typically the busiest time of the year for home sales, the Washington-based industry group said…
The average interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $484,350 or less decreased to 4.64 percent from 4.67 percent.
Most other fixed mortgage rates that the MBA tracks fell by 0.05 to 0.06 percentage point last week.
However, interest rates on 30-year “jumbo” mortgages with loan balances greater than $484,350 averaged 4.45 percent, up from 4.41 percent the week before.