The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.
Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019.
MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that mortgage rates dropped after weeks of moderating.
Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says, “Mortgage rates declined this week amid a steep sell-off in U.S. stocks. This week’s rate reaction to the volatile stock market is a welcome relief to prospective homebuyers who have recently experienced rising rates and rising home prices.”
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.75 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending December 6, 2018, down from last week when it averaged 4.81. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.94 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 4.21 percent with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.25 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.36 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.07 percent with an average 0.3 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.12. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.36 percent.
Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.
How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment?
Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a percent (.5%) increase in interest rate can increase your monthly mortgage payment significantly. But don’t let the prediction that rates will increase stop you from purchasing your dream home this year!
Let’s take a look at a historical view of interest rates over the last 45 years.
Be thankful that you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.
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