Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?
We are often asked where we think mortgage rates are headed over the next year. The best people we can go to on this issue are the people who deal with it on a daily basis – The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Here is what was reported by MarketWatch in a recent article: “After reaching record lows in 2012, mortgage rates are expected to creep up slowly in the year ahead, the Mortgage Bankers Association predicted. Rates on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are expected to average 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012, rising to 3.9% in the first quarter of 2013 and eventually rising to an average 4.4% by the fourth quarter of next year.” If the MBA is correct, mortgage interest rates could inch up almost a full percentage point in the next year. Tomorrow, we will explain what that means to a potential buyer.