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Mortgage Rates Are All Over the Map Lately

Dec 28, 2007
Some see the real estate market at its bottom. In this situation, mortgage markets get confusing. This trend has continued over the last couple years and while it can provide frustration for some consumers, others simply wait to take out a loan until the rates are low and they go with it.

The equation that computes the interest rate of a mortgage is quite complex. When you understand what may be affecting rates for you, you may find that it is not as frustrating to find a mortgage that will work for you.

Why Mortgage Rates Change

Mortgage rates seem to go really high and then really low and this may happen in just a couple weeks' time. Why, you ask? Well, one thing that affects the interest rates is the overall economy. When the economic indicators are on an upswing, cost of services tend to increase.

This means that real estate prices rise as do rents on apartments and usually mortgage rates go down. When the economy is good people can take advantage of great home loan rates and get into the home of their dreams without breaking the bank on interest alone.

A sluggish economy exerts an upward pressure on mortgage interest rates. The public reserve bureau tries to avoid having interest rates go too high because that means that fewer people will buy, and so they will lower the interest rates to hopefully induce some buying. The idea is that when the economy slows down housing should remain affordable, which is why the PRB often steps in, having sympathy on potential buyers.

Many lenders create quotas for the month, the quarter, or the year. The way for a lender to ensure that he meets his quota is to offer the best mortgage rates possible because this is what people are looking for.

Mortgage rates are, in the final analysis, determined by the lender. The interest is simply what they are making on lending the money to the buyer. If the lender lowers his or her rates by just 1% they will be lending to more people and though they are taking a cut, because they have more borrowers, they are still making money.

Mortgage rates are always changing lately. Compare many lenders and you will get a good deal. You will generally find that an adjustable rate loan starts out lower than a fixed rate loan.

So, if you are not concerned about the distant interest payments, you can opt for the variable pricing. Because interest rates are all over the place, if you plan to stay in your home for the length of the mortgage it may be better to go with the slightly higher, but stable interest rate.

Be prudent and smart. Shop around. Be responsible. Repay on time.
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