Mortgage Rates: The Deal of the Century?

As you’re looking at homes on line and dreaming about your new home, don’t forget about the most important component in the home buying equation. Your mortgage. One of the first steps to the home buying process is to figure out how much you can afford.  What will you qualify for?  What factors will affect your bottom line? How do rates and economic conditions affect your bottom line and final payment? All of these factors play an important role in your home buying dreams. However, making this dream come true is still more affordable than ever. We are still experiencing historically low interest rates.

Recently, Freddie Mac published a blog post titled Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century. They explained that, if you are planning to purchase a home, now may be the time:

“If you are in the market to buy a home, today’s average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971.”

And they let their readers know that there is no guarantee that rates will remain this low:

“Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed a long run of historically low mortgage rates. While no one expects them to change dramatically overnight, they are expected to head up. Most experts agree that mortgage rates will drift up in the coming months to end the year approaching 4.50%… Buying a home is a big investment – perhaps the biggest one you’ll make in your life. So, it’s important to be sure you are ready to make that purchase. If you are ready, today’s rates are not to be missed.”

The article went on to calculate what the principal and interest payment would be based on a $200,000 fully amortizing mortgage at different times in history. Mortgage Payments | Keeping Current Matters

Here is a look at rates over the decades:

Historic Mortgage Rates by Decade | Keeping Current Matters

Here is a look at rates over the last four years and what Freddie Mac projects for next year:

30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or looking to move up to your dream home, now may be the time to do it. We’re seeing more homes coming on the market as we head into the summer season.  If you’ve been considering a move, whether it is your first home, a move up to a larger place, or slowing down and downsizing, give the Ransom-McKenzie Team a call to help you find your dream home.


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