Ask Brian: Should We Buy a Home When Interest Rates are Rising?

Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to [email protected] Question from Lucas in WV: Hi Brian, We got married as a young couple a little over four years ago with plans

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Higher rates may prompt homeowners to stay put, but how will that impact inventory?

Approximately half of American homeowners who currently have a mortgage enjoy a rate of less than 4%. Given that interest rates are now closer to 5%, experts say this could prompt many to stay put, possibly resulting in more pressure on the already-low inventory of homes for sale. The thinking is that homeowners who’re locked

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Higher Interest Rates Are Coming Soon!

For homebuyers across the country, it feels like a never-ending uphill battle. Tight inventory, multiple offers on ‘fixer’ properties, and houses selling for well above the asking price (often tens of thousands over the asking price) – literally everything seems like an insurmountable hurdle. And now, higher interest rates are about to kick in. What

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June 2021 Signals Indicate Housing Market Easing

Buyer sentiment data shows that potential new homeowners are chilling out about purchasing in this seller’s market.

Expect An Interest Rate Hike After Today’s Federal Reserve Inflation Data

Will today’s Federal Reserve inflation data lead to increased interest rates and a slowdown of economic easing?

Fed votes to keep interest rates at near zero again

The Federal Reserve this week voted to keep its benchmark interest rate at close to zero. The move should help ensure the cost of home loans remains down, long enough for the economy to begin its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said. The Fed also said it’s extending its credit and lending initiatives until

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Federal Reserve says it won’t raise key interest rate

The Federal Reserve this week voted to maintain its benchmark interest rate unchanged at near zero, showing it has no interest in reversing course anytime soon, most likely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed’s benchmark rate doesn’t directly impact mortgage rates, but it normally does influence them, so the decision is a key one

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U.S. Federal Reserve slashes rates to zero to fight coronavirus outbreak

The Federal Reserve at an emergency meeting on Sunday announced it’s slashing its benchmark interest rate to zero, in what is its second response to the economic turmoil that’s resulted from the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, the Fed announced it will buy $700 million worth of Treasury and mortgage bonds to help stabilize markets. The

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What a 0% mortgage rate would mean for housing

U.S. President Donald Trump last week called on the Federal Reserve to drop its key interest rate to zero, or even negative, when it convenes its next meeting later this month. The call has sparked discussion among real estate experts on how zero interest rates would impact the housing market. The obvious impact is that

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Fannie Mae: Expect 2 more interest rate cuts this year

Mortgage servicing giant Fannie Mae says it expects the Federal Reserve to make two more quarter-point interest rate cuts before the end of the year, most likely in September and December. If so, the cuts would likely result in lower mortgage rates for the remainder of this year, Fannie Mae officials said. Fannie Mae’s Economic

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