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Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values | Keeping Current Matters

There is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry experts are showing concern about the possible effect that the rising rates will have moving forward.

The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are all projecting that mortgage interest rates will move upward in 2017. Increasing interest rates will definitely impact purchasers and may stifle demand.

In a recent study of industry experts, “rising mortgage interest rates, and their impact on mortgage affordability” was named by 56% as the force they think will have the most significant impact on U.S. housing in 2017. If rising rates slow demand for housing, home values will be impacted.

To this point, Pulsenomics, recently surveyed a panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts, asking the question “In your opinion, at what level will the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate significantly slow home value appreciation?” The survey revealed the following:

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Most experts believe that rates would need to hit 5% or above to have an impact on home prices.


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  1. Knightfam623
    Knightfam623 says:

    Rising rates will also cause rising rental prices. It is all relative and connected. Better to have a mortgage than a landlord as even if interest rates to purchase go higher, the owner vs. renter stil has their equity building over time. To rent is to throw away your money each month. Owners can use their equity to pay off high interest rate credit debt and have a deduction on their federal and state income taxes as well which offsets the increasing mortgage rates somewhat.

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