With mortgage rates dropping and fee changes in the pipeline, now may be the time to buy that home

With mortgage rates dropping and fee changes in the pipeline, now may be the time to buy that home

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With mortgage rates dropping and fee changes in the pipeline, now may be the time to buy that home


With mortgage rates dropping and fee changes in the pipeline, now may be the time to buy that home

The average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 6.15% last week — the lowest in 18 weeks.

This dip in rates provides welcomed relief for many potential homebuyers who’ve put their dreams on pause thanks to high mortgage interest rates, which have drastically reduced their buying power. 

On top of reduced interest rates, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced changes to its fee structure beginning May 1, 2023. These changes affect conventional loans and will reduce the cost of a loan for certain borrowers (while increasing it for others).

Plus, according to Redfin, average home prices in the U.S. have continuously dropped, albeit slowly, since hitting their peak in May 2022.

With rates lower than they have been and fee changes coming down the pipeline, it’s a good time to reassess the home-buying plans you may have put on hold and decide if now is the time to act.

Is now a good time to lock-in your mortgage rate?

If a painfully-high interest rate was the only thing holding you back from signing a mortgage, then you may want to jump on today’s (relatively) low rates. The Federal Reserve has been steadily increasing its benchmark Federal Funds rate and has signaled its intent to continue this pattern until inflation is under control. As long as the Federal Funds rate stays high, so will mortgage rates.

The recent dip in rates represents a significant savings for home buyers. Today’s 30-year mortgage rates are currently 0.93% lower than they were last fall, when rates hit 7.08%. For a $500,000 home loan, a 0.93% lower rate saves you $300+ on your monthly payment and over $110,000 in interest over the life of the loan.

To get the lowest interest rate on your mortgage, however, you’ll want to make sure your credit score is as high as possible. This may be the most-important step you can take when trying to get the best terms on a mortgage.

But before committing to buying a home, you’ll need to save up money for a down payment and closing costs. These upfront costs can easily add up to 10%- 20% of the home’s purchase price. On top of that, it’s a good idea to have money set aside for maintenance, repairs and moving costs. You’ll need to make sure you have enough money saved up before starting your home search.

Source: www.cnbc.com

Author: Jason Stauffer


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We may see expensive markets fall further, which if that happens sooner than later, would make it an excellent time to buy into an expensive market. This wouldn’t have registered as a possibility even a few months back.

It’s difficult to predict if this will happen. And if so, whether falling prices become offset by the federal interest rate hikes practically certain to arrive in the coming months.

The only way to know for sure is to wait until the latest rate hike sets in.

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The average 30-year fixed rate tumbled further to 6.15% this week, compared to last week’s 6.33%. A year ago at this time, the rate averaged 3.56%.

“With the Fed tightening its monetary policy, the U.S. housing market has been under significant pressure. While our 2023 forecast anticipates ongoing inflation causing upward pressure on rates, recent favorable data has helped to pull mortgage rates down,” says Realtor.com economist Jiayi Xu.

“As the economy weathers the easing in inflation, mortgage rates may continue to fluctuate in the short term, within the 6%-7% range that we have seen over the past five months.”
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