Layne Thompson Realty News http://www.laynethompsonrealty.com Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:43:24 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading http://www.laynethompsonrealty.com <script type="application/ld+json">// <![CDATA[ { "@context": "", "@type": "BlogPosting", "mainEntityOfPage": { "@type": "WebPage", "@id": "" }, "headline": "The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading", "description": "Mortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. While it is always difficult to know exactly where mortgage rates will go, we are happy to provide some insight in this blog", "image": "", "author": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Layne Thompson Real Estate", "url": "" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Layne Thompson Real Estate", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "" } }, "datePublished": "2022-02-07" } // ]]></script> <img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="woman standing at desk researching on laptop" width="2000" height="1333" /> <p>Mortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, <em>Freddie Mac</em> releases its <em><a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;">Primary Mortgage Market Survey</a></em>. According to the latest survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen from 3.22% at the start of the year to 3.55% as of last week. This is important to note because any increase in mortgage rates changes what a purchaser can afford. To give you an idea of how rising mortgage rates impact your purchasing power, see the table below:</p> <img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="table showing monthly payments at certain home loan amounts and interest rates" width="1000" height="670" /> <h2 style="text-align: left;">How Can You Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Headed?</h2> <p>While it&rsquo;s always difficult to know exactly where mortgage rates will go, a great indicator of where they may head is by looking at the 50-year history of the 10-year treasury yield, and then following its path. Understanding the mechanics of the <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;">treasury yield</a> isn&rsquo;t as important as knowing that there&rsquo;s a correlation between how it moves and how mortgage rates follow. Here&rsquo;s a graph showing that relationship over the last 50 years:</p> <img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="graph showing 10-year treasury yield and 30 year fixed mortgage rate" width="1000" height="670" /> <p>This correlation has continued into the new year. The treasury yield has started to climb, and that&rsquo;s driven rates up. As of last Thursday, the treasury yield was 1.81%. That&rsquo;s 1.74% below the mortgage rate reported the same day (3.55%) and is very close to the average spread we see between the two numbers (average spread is 1.7).</p> <h2 style="text-align: left;">Where Will the Treasury Yield Head in the Future?</h2> <p>With this information in mind, a 10-year treasury-yield forecast would be a good indicator of where mortgage rates may be headed. The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> just <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;">surveyed</a> a panel of over 75 academic, business, and financial economists asking them to forecast the treasury yield over the next few years. The consensus was that experts project the treasury yield will climb to 2.84% by the end of 2024. Based on the 50-year history of following this yield, that would likely put mortgage rates at about 4.5% in three years.</p> <p>While the correlation between the 30-year fixed mortgage rate and the 10-year treasury yield is clear in the data shown above for the past 50 years, it shouldn&rsquo;t be used as an exact indicator. They&rsquo;re both hard to forecast, especially in this unprecedented economic time driven by a global pandemic. Yet understanding the relationship can help you get an idea of where rates may be going. It appears, based on the information we have now, that mortgage rates will continue to rise over the next few years. If that&rsquo;s the case, your best bet may be to purchase a home sooner rather than later, if you&rsquo;re able.</p> <h2 style="text-align: left;">Bottom Line</h2> <p>Forecasting mortgage rates is very difficult. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at <em>First American</em>, once <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;">said</a>:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;You know, the fallacy of economic forecasting is don&rsquo;t ever try and forecast interest rates and or, more specifically, if you&rsquo;re a real estate economist mortgage rates, because you will always invariably be wrong.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>However, if you&rsquo;re either a first-time homebuyer or a current homeowner thinking of moving into a home that better fits your changing needs, understanding what&rsquo;s happening with the 10-year treasury yield and mortgage rates can help you make an informed decision on the timing of your purchase.</p> How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment? http://www.laynethompsonrealty.com <script type="application/ld+json">// <![CDATA[ { "@context": "", "@type": "BlogPosting", "mainEntityOfPage": { "@type": "WebPage", "@id": "" }, "headline": "How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?", "description": "As you set out on your homebuying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you are working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much you actually need for your down payment?", "image": "", "author": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Layne Thompson Real Estate", "url": "" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Layne Thompson Real Estate", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "" } }, "datePublished": "2022-01-28" } // ]]></script> <img src="" alt="paper house" class="img-responsive" width="2000" height="1333" /> <p>As you set out on your homebuying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you&rsquo;re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much you actually need for your down payment?</p> <p>If you think you have to put 20% down, you may have set your goal based on a common misconception. <em>Freddie Mac</em><a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;"> says:</a></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The most damaging down payment myth&mdash;since it stops the homebuying process before it can start&mdash;is the belief that 20% is necessary.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Unless specified by your loan type or lender, <strong>it&rsquo;s typically not required to put 20% down.</strong> According to the <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;"><em> Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers</em></a> from the <em> National Association of Realtors </em>(NAR), the median down payment hasn&rsquo;t been over 20% since 2005. It may sound surprising, but today, that number is only 13%. And it&rsquo;s even lower for first-time homebuyers, <strong> whose median down payment is only 7%</strong> <em>(see graph below):</em></p> <img src="" alt="down payment graphic" class="img-responsive" width="2000" height="1333" /> <h2 style="text-align: left;">What Does This Mean for You?</h2> <p>While a down payment of 20% or more does have benefits, the typical buyer is putting far less down. That&rsquo;s good news for you because it means you could be closer to your homebuying dream than you realize.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about low down payment options, there are several places to go. There are programs for qualified buyers with down payments as low as 3.5%. There are also options like VA loans and USDA loans with no down payment requirements for qualified applicants.</p> <p>To understand your options, you need to do your homework. If you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about down payment assistance programs, information is available through sites like <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #0eb2ff;"><em></em></a> Be sure to also work with a real estate advisor from the start to learn what you may qualify for in the homebuying process.</p> <h2 style="text-align: left;">Bottom Line</h2> <p>Remember: a 20% down payment isn&rsquo;t always required. If you want to purchase a home this year, let&rsquo;s connect to start the conversation and explore your down payment options.</p>