Mortgage rates have been like a yoyo during the past 12 months. Compared to the beginning of 2022, rates have risen dramatically. Now they’re dropping, and that has to do with everything happening in the economy.
Nadia Evangelou, Senior Economist and Director of Forecasting at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains it well by saying:
“Mortgage rates dropped even further this week as two main factors affecting today’s mortgage market became more favorable. Inflation continued to ease while the Federal Reserve switched to a smaller interest rate hike. As a result, according to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 6.31% from 6.33% the previous week.”
So, what does that mean for you if you are looking to buy a house? As mortgage rates fluctuate, they impact your purchasing power by influencing the cost of buying a home. Even a small drops can help boost your purchasing power. Here’s how it works.
The median-priced home according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is $379,100. So, let’s assume you want to buy a $400,000 home. If you’re trying to shop at that price point and keep your monthly payment about $2,500-2,600 or below, here’s how your purchasing power can change as mortgage rates move up or down (see chart below). The red shows payments above that threshold and the green indicates a payment within your target range.
Look how impactful event a small quarter-point change in mortgage rates can change your monthly mortgage payment. The Rutstein Group of Compass follows what the experts are projecting for mortgage rates for the days, months, and year ahead. We also have a network of local lenders in DC, Maryland and Virginia we can refer to you so you can get the best rate.
Mortgage rates are likely to fluctuate depending on what happens with inflation moving forward, but they have dropped slightly in recent weeks. If a 7% rate was too high for you, it may be time to contact a lender to see if the current rate is more in line with your goal for a monthly housing expense. We always suggest talking to multiple lenders as each lender will have unique loan products to their company. Shop around. This could make the difference and increase your purchasing power.