Imagine paying over 18% interest on a 30-year fixed mortgage. It’s almost unthinkable. But that was the reality for home buyers in October 1981 – a year when the average rate was almost 17%.
Unlike today, in the early 1980s, the Federal Reserve was waging a war with inflation. In an effort to tame double-digit inflation, the central bank drove interest rates higher. As a result, mortgage rates topped out at 18.45%.
In this Just Explain It, we’ll take a look at how mortgage rates affect home loan payments, and show you what you can do to save money.
Back in the early 1980s, high interest rates had a negative effect on the housing market. Affordability dropped to an all-time low as rates climbed to record levels. Simply put, mortgage rates priced most Americans out of the market, and it took years for home sales to rebound. Today, rates are historically low for a number of reasons, thanks in large part to the Federal Reserve which has gone to great lengths to keep rates down to facilitate economic recovery.
According to the Census Bureau, the average cost of a home in 1981 was $82,500. With an interest rate of 18.45%, buying a home was expensive. A monthly payment, after putting 20% down, would have been $1,019. That's the equivalent of $2,500 today, adjusting for inflation. And that doesn’t include property taxes, home insurance, etc.
The average cost of a home today is $322,700. If the same 18.45% rate were applied - along with a 20% down payment - the monthly cost would be $3,986. The total payments after 30 years would be about $1.43 million, with roughly $1.18 million of that going towards interest alone.
In both cases, 82% of your payments over 30 years would go towards interest.
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By: KATHRYN VASEL
Posted: Jun 23, 2017 08:11 AM PDT
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Real estate is crazy expensive.
The median existing home price climbed to $252,800 in May, according to the National Association of Realtors, exceeding the peak hit in June 2016 of $247,600.
At this point, home prices have been rising every month for more than five years.
While that's good news for home sellers, buyers are having a tough time finding homes they can afford.
Cities across the U.S. are facing major housing shortages, which means buyers have to compete for homes with bidding wars and offers well above asking price.
"Prices are moving up and properties are moving quickly," said Danielle Hale, NAR's managing director of housing research.
Builders aren't building enough houses to keep up with demand and current homeowners are hesitant to list their properties because they're worried they won't be able to buy a new home.
"We have tremendous demand for housing, but there is nothing available to buy, said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com.
Making matters worse, rents have also been on the rise,which means it's harder for potential buyers to save up for a home in the first place.
But there has been one saving grace for buyers: mortgage rates.
Even though the Federal Reserve has begun raising interest rates, mortgages have been hovering below 4% recently. Last week, the average rate of a 30-year fixed mortgage ticked down to 3.90%.
"Falling mortgage rates help to soften the blow of rising home prices," said Gumbinger.
In the weeks after the presidential election, mortgage rates rose above 4% on enthusiasm for economic improvement. But as that optimism started to wane, rates fell again, Gumbinger said.
They've remained below 4% for the last five weeks.
"After the elections, there was fantastic enthusiasm we would get fiscal policy changes and the economy was going to drive forward faster," said Gumbinger. "Not a whole lot has been accomplished on that front ... and that has confused the market and dampened enthusiasm."
With the Fed raising rates, interest rates are expected to gradually rise over time, but should stay pretty low for the foreseeable future.
Gumbinger expects rates to be a little more higher by the end of they year.
"We could have a 'peak week' of perhaps 4.5% between now and the end of the year, " he said.
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Coomer also emphasizes the importance of his team. "I have carefully put together the best team in the Valley," said Coomer. His handpicked team of Loan Officers, Loan Processors and support staff are known for their hard work and dedication to their clients and the community. This dedication is built into the company's DNA and it is working.
Over the past year, Coomer's business has continued to grow at an incredible pace. For 2017 he finished among the top Loan Officers in the nation, ranking in the top 2% of 'Loans Closed', 'Top Dollar Volume and 'Top FHA Volume'. He is especially proud of being 61st in the nation when it comes to FHA volume. "FHA loans are designed to help average homebuyers achieve the dream of home ownership," said Coomer. "Without FHA loans, many people would not be able to buy a home. We are proud to specialize in these types of loans."
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"This past year has been an exciting one," said Coomer. "Our diverse product portfolio, stellar team and focus on the community continue to be a winning combination." With two full service locations now open and an experienced team in place, Mann has quickly grown into one of the Valley's premier mortgage lenders.
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