U.S. treasury bond yields up sharply this week - The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.94%, up from 1.73% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 2.43%, up from 2.21% last week. We watch treasury bond yields because mortgage rates often follow bond yields.
Mortgage rates slightly lower this week - The November 7, 2019 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 3.69%, down from 3.78% last week. The 15-year fixed was 3.13%, down from 3.19% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.39%, down from 3.43% last week. Unfortunately, rates rose late in the week. Next week’s rates will be 1/8% - 1/4% higher next week.
Lower rates and higher incomes make homes more affordable in the third quarter of 2019 - The California Association of Realtors reported that 31% of California households could afford to purchase a $613,470 median priced home in the third quarter. That was up from 30% in the second quarter of 2019 and up from 27% in the third quarter of 2018. The income needed to qualify to purchase a median priced home with a monthly payment of $3,010 was $120,400. 43% of California households could afford to purchase a $465,000 median price condominium or townhouse with a yearly income of $91,200 needed to qualify.