Why are mortgage interest rates rising so quickly and will they continue to do so? In today’s real estate market, that is the question that a lot of people are asking. This year alone we have seen the federal reserve raise the 30 year fixed mortgage rate six times.
According to Sam Khater, chief economist from Freddie Mac, “The uncertainty and volatility in financial markets, is heavily impacting mortgage rates. The 30 year fixed rate mortgage has more than doubled over the last year.”
These are significant increases. And what is driving mortgage rates up so quickly? … is MAINLY inflation. The federal reserve is trying to bring soaring inflation down and slow the economy, and this is having an impact on mortgage rates and, of course the housing market as The housing market is the most interest-rate-sensitive sector of the economy. Until we see inflation come down, we may see mortgage rates continue to rise in the new year.
So what does that mean for 2023? According to Mark Fleming, chief economist of First American, “While mortgage rates are expected to continue to drift higher over the coming months, much of the rapid increase in rates is likely behind us.” This means we may not necessarily see the rapid spikes we saw this year in rates and more of a stabilization.
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