For all you fence sitters, the party is over…….no not really, but seriously, if you are considering buying a home and have been putting it of you may want to reconsider. Interest rates a year ago were in the middle to high 3’s and today they are at 4.5% and continuing to creep up as our economy gets better. In addition, home prices are also rising a bit, so with those two factors what it means is a year from now you won’t be able to buy as much house unless your income rises as well. For all you young people out there that are just coming into the housing market, please read article to the bottom and you will see the what the interest rates have been in the past by the decade. That should convince you that now is the time to buy that dream home now…..and buy as big as you think you will need and can afford as these current rates will never be back. They are still the lowest in my life time. Don’t miss the boat! As always, if you need any help making a purchase in the greater Tampa Bay area, please feel free to give Richard Kemper a call at 813-777-5332 or email me at email@example.com
Freddie: No more record-low mortgage rates
WASHINGTON – April 2, 2014 – While mortgage rates have been rising the last few months, they’re still historically low compared to the trend over the last four decades, Freddie Mac says in a blog post.
But rates as low as they were in November 2012 – when the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reached an all-time low of 3.31 percent – aren’t likely to return any time soon, the mortgage giant says.
Still, Freddie assures borrowers that the all-time record high of 18.63 percent reached in October 1981 isn’t on the horizon either. (At 18.63 percent, monthly mortgage payments on a $200,000 loan would be $3,117, compared to $992 a month at today’s 4.32 percent average.)
With mortgage rates at 4.32 percent, 123 of the 157 metros that Freddie Mac tracks remain very affordable to households earning the median income. In order for affordability to be hampered in the majority of markets, interest rates would have to reach 7 percent, according to Freddie Mac.
“Stubbornly high unemployment over the last several years coupled with stagnant income growth exacerbates declining affordability in a rising interest rate environment,” according to Freddie’s blog post. “More jobs and income growth would help blunt the effects of higher interest rates and make buying a home more accessible. While jobs and income have shown some improvement in recent months, they continue to be challenged.”
Mortgage rates through the years
Here’s an overview of mortgage rates in the past four decades, as well as the approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage and how it changes with the rise and fall of rates, according to Freddie Mac.
Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: 8.86%
Approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage: $1,589
Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: 12.70%
Approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage: $2,166
Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: 8.12%
Approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage: $1,484
Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: 6.29%
Approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage: $1,237
Average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: 4.36%
Approximate payment on a $200,000 mortgage: $997
Source: “Mortgage Rates: From Dirt Cheap, to Cheap,” Freddie Mac (March 24, 2014)
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