Federal Reserve officials recently expanded upon the latest comments by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose comments led a recent sudden spike in interest rates, including mortgage rates, which increased to the highest levels seen in nearly two years. The effects of this recent spike have led to potential increased borrowing costs for first-time and returning homebuyers, at a time when the housing market is showing slow, but steady, national growth.
Bernanke’s recent comments indicated that the Fed would reduce the amount of bond purchases that it has made since the 2008 economic downturn, along with keeping the benchmark interest rate down at all-time lows. However, according to William C. Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, any increase in the Fed’s benchmark interest rate is “very likely to be a long way off,” and that any decision to reduce the pace of asset purchases wouldn’t represent a withdrawal of stimulus.
In fact, showing the reflectiveness of this recent rate spike, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage recently rose to 4.46 percent from 3.93 percent, the biggest one-week increase since 1987, McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac said in a statement. The rate was the highest since July 2011 and above 4 percent for the first time since March 2012.
What does all of this mean? For the long-term housing market, especially for first-time and returning homebuyers, the Fed’s recent trend to consider a reduction of bond purchases and assets indicates a shift that may result in higher interest rates, including mortgage rates. While not immediate, the trends, as well as recent comments by the Fed, indicate that interest rates will go up in the long-term – it is just a matter of when and by how much.
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