How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Payment

June 9, 2020

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If you’re thinking of buying, here’s how mortgage interest rates are working in your favor.

If you're in the market to buy a home, today's average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971…

Mortgage rates change frequently. Over the last 45 years, they have ranged from a high of 18.63% (1981) to a low of 3.31% (2012). While it's not likely that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate will return to its record low, the current average rate of 3.45% is pretty close — all to your advantage.

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To put this in perspective, the following chart from the same article shows how average mortgage rates by decade have impacted the approximate monthly payment of a $200,000 home over time:


How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Housing Payments | MyKCM


Clearly, when rates are low – like they are today – qualified buyers can benefit significantly over time.

Prospective home buyers are also adversely affected when interest rates rise. NAHB’s priced-out estimates show that, depending on the starting rate, a quarter-point increase in the rate of 3.75% on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage can price over 1.3 million U.S. households out of the market for the median-priced new home.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

You certainly don’t want to be priced out of the market, and waiting may mean a significant change in your potential mortgage payment should rates start to rise. If your financial situation allows, now may be a great time to lock in at a low mortgage rate to benefit greatly over the lifetime of your loan.

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