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Interest Rates Affect a Buyer’s Purchasing Power

Interest Rates Affect a Buyer’s Purchasing Power

Interest rates play a huge part in the home buying process. Earlier this month, Freddie Mac reported that mortgage lenders were offering a 30-year fixed home loan to qualified borrowers at an average of 4.23%. While this figure is down 2% from Q4 of 2013, economists are predicting that the average mortgage rate could rise to 5% by the end of Q4 of this year.  

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New Fed Reserve chief Janet Yellen is expected to continue buying blocks of mortgage-backed securities. However, the Fed’s bond-buying decrease could push higher rates throughout the year. 

What does that mean? Slight increases in rates can make a significant difference in determining your purchasing power (how much you can afford).  Below we’ve also outlined a few scenarios on what your monthly payment could be at the varying interest rates projected in 2014.  

interest rates & buyers purchasing power

interest rates & buyers purchasing power

interest rates & buyers purchasing power

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