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  • Writer's pictureDebi Haning

July Market Watch:

 


You’re likely hearing a lot about mortgage rates lately, especially in light of the recent Federal Reserve meeting and its potential impact on rates. However, it's essential to understand that the Fed doesn’t directly determine mortgage rates, even if the media makes it seem that way.


Mortgage rates are influenced by a variety of factors, including geopolitical uncertainty, inflation, and overall economic conditions. Predicting when these elements will align to lower rates is incredibly challenging.


With so many unpredictable elements affecting rates, attempting to time the market is often not worth the effort. Instead, focus on what you can control. Your credit score plays a significant role in determining your mortgage rate. According to CNET, you can’t control the economic factors influencing interest rates, but you can get the best rate for your situation by improving your credit score. Lenders look at your credit score to decide whether to approve you for a loan and at what interest rate. A higher credit score can help you secure a lower interest rate, maybe even better than the average. Maintaining a good credit score is more important than ever in today’s rate environment. If you need help improving your score, consult with a trusted loan officer for expert advice.


There are various types of loans available, each with different terms and eligibility requirements. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) explains that there are several broad categories of mortgage loans, such as conventional, FHA, USDA, and VA loans. Lenders decide which products to offer, and loan types have different eligibility requirements. Rates can be significantly different depending on what loan type you choose. When working with your real estate team, explore all loan options to find the best fit for your financial situation.


The term of your loan is another critical factor. Freddie Mac states that when choosing the right home loan for you, it’s important to consider the loan term, which is the length of time it will take you to repay your loan before you fully own your home. Your loan term will affect your interest rate, monthly payment, and the total amount of interest you will pay over the life of the loan. Depending on your circumstances, a shorter or longer loan term can influence your mortgage rate significantly.


While you can’t control the broader economy, you can control your actions. Work with a trusted lender to explore strategies that can help you combat higher rates and secure the lowest possible rate for your mortgage. By being strategic about your credit score, loan type, and loan term, you can make your home-buying dreams a reality even in a fluctuating market.


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