Monthly costs for homebuyers rise nearly 20%

Macro Trends Advisors founding partner Mitch Roschelle joined ‘Varney & Co.’ to discuss June’s new home sales data and its expected impact on the U.S. economy.  The monthly cost for a potential homebuyer has surged nearly 20% compared with a year ago as prices remain elevated, according to new data.

During the four-week period ending July 30, the monthly mortgage payment for the typical U.S. homebuyer sat at $2,605, 19% higher than the same period a year earlier, according to Redfin. It’s also down $32 from the all-time high in early July, according to the data.

The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 6.9% this week, up from a week ago when it averaged 6.81%, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the benchmark home loan averaged 4.99% and currently remains almost double what it was two years ago.

California's Bay Area

A “for sale” sign is posted in front of a home for sale on Feb. 20, 2023, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Meanwhile, home sale prices, even with lackluster demand, are up about 3.2% annually. This is the biggest increase since November, according to Redfin.

Prices are still rising because of the imbalance between supply and demand. The high borrowing rates have pushed a number of sellers out of the market, which is limiting the number of available homes.

For sale sign at Florida home

A “for sale” sign hangs in front of a home on June 21, 2022, in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images / Getty Images)

New listings dropped 21%, according to Redfin data. In total, the number of homes on the market plummeted by 19%, the biggest drop since February 2022. The high rates are also keeping buyers out of the market, albeit not as much as sellers.

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