By Stephanie Mojica
Mortgage rates are rising again, causing the average homeowner to pay $800 a month more than they would have just a year ago, according to REALTOR.com.
The interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 6.54%, while the rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage is 5.75%, per Mortgage News Daily. Even Veterans Administration (VA) loans aren’t getting much relief, with the 30-year fixed rate coming in at 5.95%.
While these numbers aren’t as high as they were in November 2022, they still present significant financial hurdles to would-be homebuyers, REALTOR.com reported.
Because prices are high, people need to borrow more money than before. Hence, people who could ordinarily buy a home are choosing to rent instead; this is good news for real estate investors.
The last time mortgage rates were this high was 2008. With housing prices 42% higher than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a serious situation for many aspiring homeowners.
Investors and traditional buyers alike are encouraged to shop around for concessions, special programs, and to explore multiple lenders. However, some investors believe that the state of the economy will once again cause mortgage rates to increase.
Stephanie Mojica, writer of How One Writer Shifted From Settling for $12 an Hour to Prospering at Over $90 an Hour and shorter books such as Quick Answers to Frequently Asked Credit Questions, is an award-winning journalist with publications such as USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Virginian-Pilot, among many others. She helps executive coaches, business consultants, business owners, attorneys, and other decision makers generate more money online and become the go-to expert in their field by guiding them step by step through the process of writing and publishing a book.
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