Long-Term Mortgage Rates Dip Below 7%

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Long-term mortgage have dipped below 7%, offering hope for home buyers.

For months, aspiring homeowners have felt like they’re facing headwinds that won’t let them move forward. Soaring mortgage rates coupled with sky-high housing prices seemed to have locked the dream of home ownership behind an iron gate. But hold on, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon! The latest news brings a sigh of relief for many: long-term mortgage rates have finally dipped below 7%. In fact, long-term mortgage rates are now at their lowest level since early August.

Lower long-term mortgage rates provide hope

Just weeks ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was firmly lodged above 7%, making any serious house-hunting feel like an exercise in futility. But a recent downward trend has seen that barrier crack, offering a much-needed reprieve for potential buyers. This drop, while seemingly small, can translate to significant savings over the life of the loan, making the possibility of owning a home much more attainable.

What this means for you:

  • Increased Purchasing Power: Lower rates mean lower monthly payments. Let’s say you were pre-approved for a $300,000 loan at 7.5% interest. At that rate, your monthly payment would be roughly $2,300. But with a rate of 6.95%, that payment drops to around $2,230 – a savings of about $70 each month. That may not seem like much, but over the 30-year term of the loan, it adds up to over $25,000!
  • Renewed Market Opportunities: This dip in rates could rekindle the fire in the housing market. Buyers who had put their dreams on hold may now feel empowered to jump back in, potentially leading to increased competition. However, with inventory still relatively low, it’s crucial to be prepared to act swiftly and strategically.
  • Not a Time to Relax: While this drop is encouraging, it doesn’t mean the coast is clear. Rates are still significantly higher than they were a year ago, and market conditions can shift quickly. If you’re serious about buying a home, it’s important to move forward with a sense of urgency and consult with a trusted mortgage broker to secure the best possible rate.

Summary

When embarking on your house hunting adventure, it is important to have a professional and knowledgeable real estate team on your side. In addition to having a real estate agent, it is critical to have a reputable mortgage broker to shop around for the best mortgage rates while also pre-approving you for a loan amount. As you get closer to getting a property under contract, it is also a good idea to have a real estate attorney on your team as well. A home purchase is likely the biggest investment that you will have in your life and you can never be too prepared.

Are you looking to buy or sell real estate in South Florida? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.

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By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.