Interest rates are shooting up; how does that affect buyers’ affordability?

Interest rates have increased recently; they’ve crested 5% on a 30-year fixed home loan. They’re still low compared to historical averages, but with what’s happening with the economy and inflation, the cost of everything is rising. Escalating interest rates will affect buyers’ affordability. 

 

A 1% higher rate increases your monthly payment by about 10%. For example, a 30-year fixed loan with a 4% interest rate might cost $2,000 per month, but when the rate climbs 1%, that monthly payment will be $2,200. That extra 10% you’ll pay monthly is simply going to the bank; it’s not giving you anything more than you had. 

 

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