Although mortgage rates have been on a steady rise in recent months, buyers should not panic because rates are still historically low. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16 percent, up from 4.13 percent last week. This is up from 3.97 percent last year. This means buyers will pay approximately $21 more per month compared to a year ago on a $241,000 mortgage with a 20 percent down payment.
According to economists, the rise in interest rates should not deter potential buyers. In 1996, the average rate was 5.67 percent and in 1990 it was 10.13 percent. However, for the past ten years rates have been under five percent.
Mortgage rates are forecasted to gradually increase throughout 2017. As a result, home prices are also expected to rise.
“The era of ultra-low interest rates is over,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “The short-term rate hike will be followed by several additional rounds of increases in 2017 and 2018. Despite these moves, mortgage rates will not rise alarmingly.”
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