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Mortgage Rates Surge after Donald Trump’s Election Win

November 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan rose to 4.03 percent, which is the highest rate since July 2015. It is up from 3.94 percent the previous week. Rates on 15-year home loans also rose to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week, which is the highest rate since January.

Long-term mortgage rates have been increasing each week since Donald Trump was elected as President on November 8th. Experts believe that investors are fearful of the president-elect’s plan to cut taxes and spend massively on roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure could provoke inflation. As a result, investors demand higher long-term rates and pay lower prices for bonds.

The anticipation of economic stimulus has also caused a surge in stock prices. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,000 for the first time.

However, rising mortgage rates pose a threat to the housing market and the economy. In the past, lower mortgage rates have fueled the real estate market by causing an increase in home sales. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales rose two percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, which was the highest rate since February 2007.

Real estate experts believe that mortgage rates will continue to rise until there is more understanding of where the economy and housing policies are headed during Trump’s presidency.

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