by Madeleine Hubbard
Mortgage rates on Thursday climbed to a 14-year high, with the average 30-year-fixed rate rising above 6% for the first time since 2008.
Mortgage Bankers Association executive Joel Kan says the 6.01%, rate is “essentially double what it was a year ago.”
He also said mortgage refinancing is down 80% from last year.
Freddie Mac reports the average, 30-year fixed-rate was 6.02% in the week ending September 15, compared to 5.89% the week before, and 2.86% in August 2021.
MBA reports in the survey it released Wednesday that mortgage applications decreased last week by 1.2% from the previous week.
The report comes after the Consumer Price Index earlier this week showed that costs increased 8.3% from August 2021 to August 2022 amid record inflation.
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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News.