High Mortgage Rates Remain Primary Impediment to Housing Sentiment

Fannie Mae
December 7, 2022
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® increased 0.6 points in November to 57.3, its first increase in nine months, though it remains just above the all-time low set last month and significantly lower than its level at this time last year. Four of the index’s six components increased modestly month over month, including those associated with homebuying and home-selling conditions; however, both remain well below year-ago levels, having declined on net 28 and 38 points, respectively. Elevated mortgage rates continue to constrain affordability, and 62 percent of respondents expect mortgage rates to rise even further over the next year, compared to only 10 percent who expect rates to decline. Year over year, the full index is down 17.4 points.

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