Mortgage interest rates have been steadily increasing over the past year, and they may continue to do so through 2019. However, looking back over the past few decades, we discover that today’s rates are minimal compared with the heights they’ve reached in the past.
Less than 40 years ago, home buyers saw rates that would be inconceivable to today’s mortgage consumer. Let’s take a quick trip back in time and see what we discover.
The Past: February 1982. Home buyers seeking to obtain a 30-year fixed rate mortgage paid an interest rate of 17.60%. This is after giving their lender 2.5% of the loan amount to get this rate. A loan of $150,000 for 30 years set them back $2,211.70 per month. Within a year of this peak rate, interest rates dropped into the 13% range. While still extreme in the face of today’s much lower rates, this drop allowed consumers to borrow quite a bit more money.
The Present: Coming back to today’s market, let’s compare those historical rates with what we saw in 2018. In November, home buyers could obtain a 4.87% rate for that same 30-year fixed rate mortgage. The payment for a loan of $150,000 would have been just $793.36.
The Future: Will fixed mortgage rates ever get that high again? With government regulation in place to control economic growth, it would be unlikely.
The takeaway from all of this is that rates fluctuate, and no one can predict for sure where the market is headed. If you’re thinking about financing a home, now may be a good time to look into your options. Contact your mortgage professional for more details.