Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices

Dated: 12/08/2016

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Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices? | MyKCM

There are some who are calling for a decrease in home prices should mortgage interest rates begin to rise rapidly. Intuitively, this makes sense as the cost of a home is determined by the price of the home, plus the cost of financing that home. If mortgage interest rates increase, fewer people will be able to buy, and logic says prices will fall if demand decreases.

However, history shows us that this has not been the case the last four times mortgage interest rates dramatically increased.

Here is a graph showing what actually happened:

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices? | MyKCM

Last week, in an article titled “Higher Rates Don’t Mean Lower House Prices After All, the Wall Street Journal revealed that a recent study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting Inc. found that:

“Prices weren’t especially sensitive to rising rates, particularly in the presence of other positive economic factors, such as strong job growth, rising wages and improving consumer confidence.”

Last week’s jobs report was strong and the Conference Board just reported that the Consumer Confidence Index was back to pre-recession levels.

Bottom Line

We will have to wait and see what happens as we move forward, but as mortgage rates continue to increase a decrease in home prices is anything but guaranteed. If you're in the market to find your next dream home and need a line on a great mortgage lender call me at 919-264-8414 or email [email protected] to compare rates and get pre-approved.

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Jimmy Swann

Jimmy Swann, Broker/Owner for Swann Group Realty works towards the clients goals and understands how important that the Real Estate Agency you choose to employ and guide you through this journey is yo....

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