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30-Year Rates Inch Back Down Last Week, Average 2.73%

Mortgage rates headed back down last week, continuing to hover near all-time lows. “As the market reacts to a new administration in Washington and COVID-19-driven economic malaise, mortgage rates continued to decrease this week, just slightly,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Also, the Federal Reserve announced this week that it will leave both interest rates and its bond-buying program unchanged, both actions likely helping to keep mortgage rates low.

The low rates continue to attract home buyers. Home sales in 2020 rose to the highest level in 14 years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report. Demand is surging for a shrinking number of homes for sale.

“Even as house prices increase at the fastest rate we’ve seen in years, competition to buy is strong given the low inventory that exists across the country,” Khater said. “The fact that there are not enough homes to meet demand is going to be an ongoing issue for the foreseeable future.”

NAR is forecasting existing-home sales to rise more than 10% in 2021.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Jan. 28:

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