Mortgage interest rates have been on a steady rise since the election.  The stock market is at record highs and the Fed raised rates.  Mortgage rates are most closely tied to the 10 year Treasury bond yield.  This rate started off at 2.24 on January 1. 2016.  The yield went as low as 1.37 in July 2016 and as of yesterday was up to 2.55.  Mortgage rates are in the lower 4% range which is still historically low.  With predictions that rates will rise in 2017 if you have been considering buying now is a great time.  Call the Shocket Team.  #shocketteam

You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future?

Many in the housing industry have predicted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, would vote to raise the federal fund’s target rate at their December meeting. For only the second time in a decade, this is exactly what happened.

There were many factors that contributed to the 0.25 point increase (from 0.50 to 0.75), but many are pointing to the latest jobs report and low unemployment rate (4.6%) as the main reason.

Tim Manni, Mortgage Expert at Nerd Wallet, had this to say,

“Homebuyers shouldn’t be particularly concerned with [last week’s] Fed move. Even with rates hovering over 4 percent, they’re still historically low. Most market observers are expecting a gradual rise in home loan rates in the near term, anticipating mortgage rates to stay under 5 percent through 2017.”

Bottom Line

Only time will tell what the long-term impact of the rate hike will be, but in the short term, there should be no reason for alarm.