It’s true – like the rest of the U.S., St. Louis and St. Charles county real estate is facing increasing mortgage rates. However, mortgage rates have been up and down throughout the decades and regardless of the rates, people still bought and sold homes. Let’s discuss what homeowners really focus on each month, monthly mortgage payments.
The chart below shows the difference between a principal and interest payment on a $350,000 loan at 5.50%. When the rate increases to 6.00% it is only $111.00 a month difference. While we understand this is an increase, it may be manageable. For example: a borrower that makes a gross monthly salary of about $10,000 will fall within typical guidelines for getting a mortgage of this size loan at the higher rate.
Trusted mortgage loan specialist and Executive Vice President of Paramount Bank, Jeff Griege offered us a great comparison of rates and sales historically with today’s rates and sales:
“In June 2008 the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan was 6.45% while home sales for June 2008 were 4.83 Million. In April 2022 home sales were at 5.61 Million. What I mean by this is people are still going to buy homes with a higher rate of interest, especially if the demand for homes decreases as some buyers move out of the market.“
According to Freddie Mac data, the highest mortgage interest rates ever reached in modern history were in 1981. At that time the annual average was 16.63% - and people STILL bought and sold homes. But let’s keep our fingers crossed we don’t see that again.
If you have questions about the process of buying real estate or getting a mortgage loan, contact The Boehmer Team. We can answer your questions, help you with the process and get you in touch with experienced mortgage loan officers that will help you get the best rate. Don’t be discouraged, where there is a will, there’s a way! Contact us today.
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