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2022 U.S. mortgage statistics and FAQ

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  • Residential mortgage debt in the U.S. totaled $11.18 trillion as of the first quarter of 2022, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Commercial real estate debt in the U.S. crossed the $5 trillion mark in 2021, according to commercial real estate data provider Trepp.
  • Mortgages accounted for 71 percent of combined household debt in the first quarter of 2022, according to the New York Fed.
  • Mortgage lenders issued 2.71 million residential loans in the first quarter of 2022 — the biggest downtrend since 2014, according to ATTOM.
  • The average balance for a first mortgage reached a record high of $298,324 in 2021, up from $278,725 in 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • In 2021, $2.7 trillion in mortgages were refinanced, just a slight decrease from $2.8 trillion in 2020, according to mortgage technology and data provider Black Knight.
  • More than 52,900 reverse mortgages were originated in 2021, according to reverse mortgage data provider Reverse Market Insight.
  • Just over 22 percent of borrowers with conventional mortgages paid private mortgage insurance (PMI) in 2021, according to the Urban Institute.
  • Existing-home sales hit their highest level in 15 years in 2021, at 6.12 million, according to the National Association of Realtors.
  • Home prices are expected to grow by 10.4 percent in 2022 and 5 percent in 2023, according to a spring 2022 forecast from Freddie Mac.

Mortgage marketshare by loan type

Loan type Marketshare
Source: Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, 2021
Conventional 82%
VA 9%
FHA 8%
USDA 1%

Mortgage statistics by loan term

The most popular type of mortgage is the 30-year home loan, which gives homebuyers three full decades to pay it off, meaning smaller payments over a longer period of time.

Type of mortgage Marketshare Originations (Dollar volume)
Source: HMDA data, 2021
30-year fixed-rate 70% $3.91 trillion
15-year fixed-rate 9% $486.73 billion
5/1 ARM 1% $83.71 billion
7/1 ARM 2% $117.45 billion
Other fixed-rate terms (such as 10 or 20 years) 10% $583.73 billion
Other ARM terms (such as 10/1, 5/6 and 7/6) 7% $410 billion

Annual mortgage origination volume

The amount of mortgages originated (created) each year changes based on economic and housing conditions. In 2021, mortgage originations hit a record high of $4.4 trillion, according to Black Knight, thanks to mortgage rates hovering near the 3 percent mark.

When 2022 winds down, it’s likely to be a much different story. As of spring 2022, Fannie Mae projected a sharp year-over-year decline, with mortgage originations hitting $2.7 trillion this year, followed by $2.25 trillion in 2023.

Current and historical mortgage rates

According to Bankrate’s latest survey:

  • The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate on purchases is currently 5.570%.
  • The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate on purchases is currently 4.870%.
  • The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate on refinances is currently 5.530%.
  • The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate on refinances is currently 4.820%.
  • The average 5/1 ARM rate is currently 4.190%.
  • The average 7/1 ARM rate is currently 5.010%.

Historical 30-year fixed mortgage rates range widely, but over the past 10 years, the rate has remained fairly stable.

The initial economic fallout from the pandemic made borrowing money cheap, but if you were buying a home in 2020 and 2021, you had to contend with both record-low mortgage rates and record-high home prices. Those record-low rates were especially attractive to homeowners, who took advantage of the opportunity to refinance.

Now, rates are rising much faster than predicted. The Federal Reserve is working to address major inflation challenges threatening the economy, and its actions have pushed rates upward quickly, from 3.4 percent at the start of 2022 to more than 5 percent by April.

While there’s no crystal ball for mortgage rates, the summer housing market will likely be very busy as buyers look to lock in rates as soon as possible. Refinancing, meanwhile, will continue to slow down in a big way: According to the Freddie Mac forecast, refinance originations are poised to drop from $2.8 trillion in 2021 to $960 billion in 2022.

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David McMillin
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David McMillin is a contributing writer for Bankrate and covers topics like credit cards, mortgages, banking, taxes and travel. David's goal is to help readers figure out how to save more and stress less.
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