Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's recent suggestion that higher interest rates may be necessary to reduce inflation has caused mortgage rates to soar, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hitting 7.03% on Tuesday.
Higher mortgage rates resulting from the Federal Reserve's potential need to reduce inflation could have a significant impact on the housing market. As mortgage rates continue to rise, homebuyers may struggle to afford homes, leading to fewer buyers in the market, and a possible slowdown in the housing market recovery.
Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, has suggested that higher interest rates might be needed to reduce inflation. This could affect mortgage interest rates, which have already risen and are causing homebuyers to pay over 50% more for their mortgages than they would have a year ago. As a result, people may not be able to afford to buy homes, and those who can will likely have to bid less than they would have in the past. The housing market may slow down as a result, but it is not expected to come to a halt. However, when the stock market is unstable, more investors tend to invest in mortgage bonds, which could bring rates back down.
Realtor.com's Chief Economist, Danielle Hale, expects mortgage rates to fluctuate between the high 6% to 7.5% range in the short term. While this might slow down the spring housing market, it is not expected to make it worse. Even though higher rates might delay the market's recovery, it will eventually gain momentum again. Sellers may need to be mindful of buyers' budget constraints, and fewer buyers may be in the market. However, the housing market is still expected to recover, and higher rates are not expected to stop it entirely.
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