The National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association are both predicting increased interest rates in 2017. Over the last few weeks of 2016, Freddie Mac has been raising interest rates in response to strong job creation in the US. According to mortgage experts, rate increases are likely to continue over the next four quarters.
What Does This Mean for Homebuyers?
Those homebuyers looking to enter the real estate market can still capitalize on historic low-interest rates, despite the recent increases. Compared to the 2000s, where interest rates averaged 6.29%, homebuyers today can earn a mortgage rate of 4.5% for a 30-year fixed, 4.25% for a 20-year fixed, 3.75% for a 15-year fixed, and just under 4% for a 10-year fixed.