Do you Know What Drives Mortgage Interest Rates in Florida?
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This week's newsletter will discuss all things related to mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are a rate of interest charged on a mortgage, typically determined by the lender. Mortgage rates are changing daily. This week, we will focus on three critical topics about what causes the rates to change so frequently.
- Federal Reserve Hikes
2. Federal Reserve HikesThe Federal Reserve controls short-term interest rates, which increase and decrease based on the economy's state. Most people feel that the Federal Reserve sets mortgage rates, but that is not true as they only influence them. Mortgage rates are not directly tied to the Federal rates, but when the Federal rate changes, the prime rate for mortgages usually follows suit shortly after. The Feds do undertake specific monetary policies that keep interest rates low if it purposes to stimulate the economy. When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to tackle the rising inflation, it does not favor first-time homebuyers or homeowners looking to refinance their mortgages.
3. BondsMortgage rates are primarily determined by the prices of the Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS), which trade in the secondary market. The bond market determines the prices of MBS, and the bond market is influenced by many factors, including inflation, the Federal Reserve, foreign investment, and overall investor confidence. Mortgage rates are affected by the demand for mortgage bonds, so when bonds are in high demand (typically when the stock market isn't performing well), mortgage rates will increase. They will decrease when bonds are in low demand.
As you can see, there are many factors that drive interest rates on a daily basis and are not just based on one thing. This educational newsletter will be beneficial to those who are looking to purchase a home and wonder why they are getting the rate that they are getting. If you have further questions regarding mortgage interest rates, schedule a time to chat with me!
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