As we enter the new year, uncertainty looms around interest rates and the housing market.
The stage was set in 2018 when the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate four times over the course of the year, leaving current homeowners and potential borrowers wondering:
When will interest rates and the housing market prices go back down?
Even though a slowdown is projected in the future, it doesn’t seem like interest rate hikes are going to alter course anytime soon. Currently, it is around 4.7 percent but many industry analysts expect the average rate to hit 5 percent in 2019. Danielle Hale, Realtor.com’s chief economist, claims the average 30-year mortgage will reach 5.3 percent for at least the better part of the year and even reach 5.5 percent by the end of 2019.
Mortgage rates increased almost a full percentage point over the course of last year, leading experts to believe this year should be a little more consistent in regards to the fluctuating interest rates.
What does this mean for home equity borrowers?
Borrowers with outstanding balances should be prepared to spend more the longer they wait to refinance or take cash-out. Obviously, if you have a fixed-rate mortgage this will not affect you much, but if you have an adjustable-rate mortgage then you should prepare for your interest rate to go up.
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What can we expect from the housing market this year?
Housing prices have skyrocketed in recent years, adding to the frustrations of many Americans looking to purchase a home. Although home prices increased about 5 percent in 2018, Freddy Mac predicts that home prices will still increase, just at a slower pace. We can possibly expect an increase of about 4.3 percent in 2019 and then 2.9 percent in 2020.
What does this all mean?
Real estate will always fluctuate based on the surrounding area. Housing prices may go up or down depending on availability and demand. Having said that, the market increase should slow down in 2019. If you are in the market to by a home, before you go searching for the perfect property, meet with a mortgage lender to get pre-approved so that you may be in a position to submit an offer with confidence knowing you can afford it. USAloans is fully prepared to help fulfill your dream of home ownership, click here to discover what you can afford online or call us at 855-982-3321 to have one of our experienced mortgage bankers assist you through the process.