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  • Writer's pictureKaci Gebora

Mortgage Rates Are Dropping. What Does That Mean for You?

Over the last year, mortgage rates have been a significant talking point in the real estate industry. Compared to the beginning of 2022, the prices have multiplied considerably. Now, though, they are going down, and this is because of everything that is occurring in the economy right now.

So, what exactly does this imply for your ambitions to purchase a home? Your purchasing power will be impacted if mortgage rates change since this will affect the overall cost of acquiring a property. Your buying power may increase with even a slight price decrease. This is how the process goes.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that the price of a property in the middle of the market, or the median, is $379,100. Let's say you want to purchase a property that costs $400,000. Suppose you are interested in buying a home at that price range and want to maintain your monthly payment at or below $2,500. In that case, the following illustrates how your purchasing power might shift due to changes in mortgage interest rates (see chart below). The color red represents payments higher than that threshold, while the color green represents payments within your goal range.

This demonstrates that even a minor adjustment in mortgage rates, such as a quarter point, may affect the amount of your monthly mortgage payment. Because of this, it is essential to collaborate with a reliable real estate agent who stays current on what the industry analysts predict will happen to mortgage rates over the next few weeks, months, and years.

Bottom Line

The interest rates applied to mortgages are expected to go up and down depending on what occurs in the future with inflation; nevertheless, they have shown a little downward trend in recent weeks. If a rate of seven percent is too high for you, it might be time to talk to a lender about the current rate to see if it is more in line with the amount of money you want to spend on housing each month.

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