Mortgage Rates and Affordability


As rates rise, affordability dwindles. If you want more home for the same monthly payment, acting before mortgage rates rise further may be a direct path to success.

How Much Can You Finance with $960/Month?

Each example here shows the principal and interest payment for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan.

1- Loan of $180,000
Interest rate: 5.00% / 5.27% APR
Payment = $966

2- Loan of $200,000
Interest rate: 4.00% / 4.25% APR
Payment = $955

Mortgage Affordability and Rate Lock

It’s pretty amazing that a rate increase of just 2% can impact affordability by as much as $40,000. Mortgage Rates have been artificially low for some time now due to Fed intervention. As this stimulus is removed, the usual result is for rates to rise. Home Loan Rates have already started rising just in expectation of a change in Fed policy.

Mortgage Rate Locks:

Why do longer ones cost more? It’s all about risk. Between the times you make an application and close your Home loan, interest rates will do what they always do – change. At times, the rate of change is exceptionally volatile, even from one minute to the next. “Locking in” your interest rate protects you from the risk of rising mortgage rates. It’s just like purchasing an insurance policy.

The risk is not a one-way street, though. Protecting yourself from rising mortgage rates means you transfer that risk to the lender. In turn, lenders must purchase “hedges” to provide protection. These are financial instruments such as U.S. Treasury Bonds whose values move in the opposite direction of rates. A hedge can be expensive, and just like other forms of insurance, longer policy periods cost more. As a result, longer locks have a higher cost, which they are reflected in the cost of your loan.

Risk varies based on the type of loan. Before you decide whether to avoid or pay the premium for a longer Mortgage rate lock, take into account the kind of loans you’re considering. Different loan types may have less volatility in the rate from week to week. For example, an adjustable-rate loan may be tied to a slow-moving index rather than the day-to-day market.

No one knows with absolute certainty what interest rates will do during your application and approval process. One thing is certain: Your loan has to be locked before it can close. For many, the decision is better made based on personal comfort rather than skill in predicting the markets. If you will be most comfortable knowing you are safely locked in, then a longer lock may be less stressful than taking your chances of getting a better rate later.

Either way, we’re here and Our mortgage loan originators are happy to help.

USA Mortgage Abadi Region

USA Mortgage Abadi Region

A full-service mortgage lender with local branches in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, and nearby areas.