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Mortgage rates increased at a staggering pace last month. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now 6.7%, up a full percentage point from a month ago and more than double what it was at the beginning of 2022, according to Freddie Mac. In January, it was just 3.22%.

Rates could still increase further this year. If you’re considering purchasing, now could still be a good time to do so if you’re worried about rates rising more down the road.

According to its latest forecast, Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group expects rates to start coming down slightly in 2023, but likely not without some economic pain first.

“In our view, the recent interest rate surge is due to the market’s recognition of two critical factors: that inflation is indeed not transitory, and that, to tame it, the Federal Reserve will need to be resolute, even at the risk of possible recession,” Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief economist, said in a press release. “Inflation’s entrenchment – and the policy action likely required of the Fed – confirms the expectation in our forecast of a moderate recession beginning in the first quarter of 2023.”

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Are mortgage rates going up?

Mortgage rates started ticking up from historic lows in the second half of 2021 and have increased significantly so far in 2022.

In the last 12 months, the Consumer Price Index rose by 8.3%. The Federal Reserve has been working to get inflation under control, and plans to increase the federal funds target rate two more times this year, following increases at its last five meetings.

Though not directly tied to the federal funds rate, mortgage rates are sometimes pushed up as a result of Fed rate hikes and investor expectations of how those hikes will impact the economy.

Inflation remains elevated, but has started to slow, which is a good sign for mortgage rates and the broader economy. 

What do high rates mean for the housing market?

When mortgage rates go up, home shoppers’ buying power decreases, as more of their anticipated housing budget has to go toward paying interest. If rates get high enough, buyers can get priced out of the market completely, which cools demand and puts downward pressure on home price growth.

Home prices have continued to rise this year, just at a slower pace than what we’ve seen in the past couple of years.

What is a good mortgage rate?

It can be hard to know if a lender is offering you a good rate, which is why it’s so important to get preapproved with multiple mortgage lenders and compare each offer. Apply for preapproval with at least two or three lenders.

Your rate isn’t the only thing that matters. Be sure to compare both what your monthly costs would be as well as your upfront costs, including any lender fees.

Even though mortgage rates are heavily influenced by economic factors that are out of your control, there are some things you can do to help ensure you get a good rate:

  • Consider fixed vs. adjustable rates. You may be able to get a lower introductory rate with an adjustable-rate mortgage, which can be good if you plan to move before the intro period ends. But a fixed rate could be better if you’re buying a forever home because you won’t risk your rate going up later. Look at the rates your lender offers and weigh your options.
  • Look at your finances. The stronger your financial situation, the lower your mortgage rate should be. Look for ways to boost your credit score or lower your debt-to-income ratio, if necessary. Saving for a higher down payment also helps.
  • Choose the right lender. Each lender charges different mortgage rates. Picking the right one for your financial situation will help you land a good rate.

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