According to the latest data from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.31% as of December 15 – a slight decline from 6.33% the previous week but up from 3.12% a year ago.

“The market may be thawing since mortgage rates have fallen for five straight weeks,” Yun said. “The average monthly mortgage payment is now almost $200 less than it was several weeks ago when interest rates reached their peak for this year.”

The median existing-home price for all housing types climbed 3.5% year over year in November to $370,700, marking the 129th consecutive month of annual increases – the longest-running streak on record.

Additionally, housing inventory remains near historic lows, down 6.6% from October to 1.14 million units in November. Unsold inventory sits at a 3.3-month supply at the current sales pace, unchanged from October but up from 2.1 months in November 2021.

Properties typically stayed on the market for 24 days in November, three days longer than in October and up from 18 days in November 2021. Around 61% of homes sold last month were on the market for less than a month.