Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) has just recently raised it’s interest rate for the first time in over a year. What does that mean? Let’s take a look.


For starters, it is important to understand that the Fed adjusts the rate to influence the economy. For example, if things are going well, a rate increase may slow inflation. If the economy is struggling, a rate drop could be the boost it needs. In today’s case, a low amount of inventory is met with a substantially higher demand from buyer’s. This recent change moved the key interest rate by a quarter point, from a range of 0.25-0.5 percent to a range of 0.5-0.75 percent. Why all the fuss? The Fed rates can cause the bank’s to raise their “prime” rates, which are often used to calculate costs of revolving credit or home equity lines of credit. While the increase was modest at best, we will continue to keep an eye on it as we move through 2017 and see how it affects our constantly evolving market.

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