I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the behavior of interest rates in the current market. Michael Wieczorek from Stonehaven Mortgage is here to help me discuss what’s going on.
Lately, everyone has been asking me about interest rates: Are they going up? Are they going to go down? What can we expect from the future? Today, Michael Wieczorek from Stonehaven Mortgage joined me to share his expertise as we answer these questions for you.
On March 20, the Fed released an announcement saying that rates will not increase through the end of 2019. In fact, a number of people have forecast that rates may potentially drop again in the first quarter of 2020.
If this is the case, your buying power will increase; as a result, you’ll be able to get approved to buy more home and to secure a more affordable monthly payment. It looks like we’re in for a nice, long spring and summer market with a low cost of funds.
Buyers have also asked whether it’s better to do a 30-year fixed or a 15-year fixed mortgage.
Mike says that a 15-year fixed mortgage is always beneficial if you can afford it comfortably both now and throughout the life of the loan. With a 15-year fixed, you’ll pay considerably less in interest on the home you buy, but make absolutely sure that you won’t be struggling month to month to maintain your payments.
This is not just great news for buyers, but sellers as well. As interest rates go down, home affordability and home prices go up, meaning that sellers will have more buyers to market their homes to and that they’ll get top dollar when they do sell.
If you’d like more information, stay tuned to my blog. We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates on the market. In the meantime, if you have specific questions, you can always reach out to us here at the Sohail Real Estate Group. We’re here to assist you.