Hey Fed, Why Such High Rates?

The Mortgage Voice
The Mortgage Voice
Hey Fed, Why Such High Rates?

The mortgage industry continues to grapple with high interest rates as the 30-year fixed rate has climbed to 7.58%, a significant jump from 6.5% just three months ago. The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to hold interest rates steady, with no immediate plans for reduction, has implications for various loan types, with the 15-year rate standing at 6.90%, FHA at 6.99%, jumbo loans at 7.67%, and VA 30-year at 7.00%. Unemployment has remained under 4% for 26 consecutive months – the longest streak since the 1960s – and job openings are at 8.5 million, indicating that the economy is doing well. How is this economic strength influencing the Fed’s decisions on interest rates? One of the additional factors contributing to rising mortgage interest rates involves lenders looking to maximize profits and at the same time protect themselves from riskier loans. That equals higher costs, not only for them but for their investors, so therefore borrowers have to pay more both today and for the next 30 years.

The current market poses unique challenges and raises questions about affordability and market accessibility for potential homebuyers, especially for first-time buyers and younger borrowers. What options are available for those struggling with high rates and home prices? Are there alternative loan products or strategies that can help these groups enter the market?

Despite these challenges, the real estate market shows resilience in some areas. Home prices have risen 6.4% year-over-year, with San Diego seeing an 11.4% increase. However, some markets are experiencing significant price drops, such as Denver (down 37%) and Cape Coral, FL (down 41%). Why is there such a disparity in different regions across the country?

Even though rates are high in comparison to recent years, they are not historically unprecedented. It’s crucial to consider both short-term affordability concerns and long-term benefits of homeownership, and potential buyers must balance these factors in their decision-making process. Guests this week include:

– Michelle Wild Powell (Orion) explores mortgage products, including non-QM loans and options for self-employed borrowers.

– Charles Giscombe (United Security Financial) discusses loan options for first-time homebuyers and younger borrowers, including multi-borrower loans.