Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move lower this week

Freddie Mac reports that fixed mortgage rates moved lower with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.65 percent and the 15-year, fixed rate averaging 2.92 percent for the week ending April 23. Read the Freddie Mac news release.

“Mortgage rates fell slightly to 3.65 percent this week, positive news for potential homebuyers in the market this spring. Purchase applications in 60 of the 100 markets that MiMi tracks are up from the same time last year, including 20 markets that are showing double-digit increases. Reinforcing this positive momentum, existing home sales surged 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million units in March, the highest annual rate since September 2013. Housing inventory rose 5.3 percent to 2 million homes for sale, but unsold inventory was little changed at a 4.6 month supply.” — Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist for Freddie Mac.

In other headlines:

KCM Blog Infographic: Existing Home Sales Skyrocket

New Home Sales Plunge 11.4% In March, But Rise Nearly 20% Year-Over-Year – Forbes

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