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Navigating the New Mortgage Landscape: Adjusting to Elevated Interest Rates

Navigating the New Mortgage Landscape: Adjusting to Elevated Interest Rates
Navigating the New Mortgage Landscape: Adjusting to Elevated Interest Rates

Mortgage Market Adjustment: Adapting to Higher Rates

The era of ultra-low mortgage rates has come to an end, and homebuyers must adjust to a different housing market landscape. While rates below 3% may never return, experts believe that 6% to 7% mortgage rates will become the norm in the coming years.

Economic Factors Driving Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates are closely tied to the federal funds rate, which is set by the Federal Reserve. When the economy slows down, the Fed lowers interest rates to stimulate growth. This, in turn, leads to lower mortgage rates. However, when inflation rises, the Fed raises interest rates to curb it, driving mortgage rates upward.

Causes of the 2020-2021 Rate Drop

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fed implemented quantitative easing, a monetary policy that involved cutting interest rates and purchasing government bonds and mortgage-backed securities. This led to a surge in money supply and a record low in mortgage rates, bottoming out at 2.65% in 2021.

Factors Preventing a Return to 2% Rates

The Federal Reserve has indicated that it does not plan to lower rates back to the ultra-low levels seen during the pandemic. Instead, the goal is to gradually

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