How high can you go?
The average US mortgage rate has surged to 7.1% — a level it has not reached for over two decades, according to data published by Freddie Mac last week — as sustained interest rate rises from the Federal Reserve continue to filter through into the mortgage market.
The reverberations of these high mortgage payments, coupled with the sizable contingent of present homeowners who secured mortgages during the era of ultra-low interest rates, have cast a shadow over the housing market. Understandably, everyone already holding favorable fixed rates are reluctant to re-enter the mortgage market, leaving aspiring buyers with limited options. The consequence? A nearly 19% plunge in year-over-year sales of existing homes in June, converging to make the most challenging housing affordability conditions in the last four decades