If so, when?
The recent pause in interest rate hikes has left many homeowners and prospective buyers wondering when mortgage rates will finally start to decline. While I don’t have a crystal ball and it's impossible to say for sure, there are a few factors that could influence the direction of rates in the coming months and years.
First, let’s take a look at factors that influence interest rates.
The Federal Reserve: The Fed is the primary driver of interest rates in the United States, and its decisions about whether to raise or lower rates will have a significant impact on mortgage rates. The Fed has signaled that it may pause its rate-hiking cycle soon, which may lead to a decline in mortgage rates.
Inflation: Inflation is another important factor that affects mortgage rates. If inflation starts to fall, the Fed may be able to ease off on its rate hikes, which may lead to lower mortgage rates.
The economy: The state of the economy plays a role in determining the direction of mortgage rates. If the economy starts to slow down, the Fed may be less likely to raise rates, which may lead to lower mortgage rates. However, if the economy continues to grow, the Fed may be more likely to raise rates, which could lead to higher mortgage rates.
So now, let’s see what the experts think.
Here's what some experts have to say about when mortgage rates might drop:
Peter Idziak, senior associate at Polunsky Beitel Green: "If the Fed stops raising because the data shows the economy weakening and inflation coming down further, then I would expect mortgage rates to decrease during the second half of 2023."
Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American Financial Corp: "Possibly in 2024, but it will depend on the Fed's decisions about raising rates in the second half of the year."
Adam Sharif, founder and chief strategist of nxtCRE: "If rates go down, it will be next year and not by much. Today's interest rates are considered normal by historical measures."
While it's impossible to say for sure when mortgage rates will drop, there are a few factors that could influence the direction of rates in the coming months and years. Homeowners and prospective buyers should continue to monitor the situation and adjust plan accordingly.
In the meantime, homeowners and potential homebuyers should shop around for the best mortgage rates. And of course, having an experienced Realtor at your side is essential. Call today to discuss your situation. (206) 261-2068
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