As inflation rises, it typically causes mortgage rates to move higher as well. That’s because inflation is the arch enemy of interest rates, since it erodes the buying power of the fixed return that a mortgage holder receives.
While inflation may look tame to everyone at this time, that looks like it will change when you dig a little deeper.
But in the coming months, the inflation levels are expected to rise significantly, as the readings for the more current months replace the extremely low numbers from 2020.
A look at the closely watched “Consumer Price Index Core Rate” of inflation, which strips out the volatile food and energy sectors, shows a current reading of just 1.3% inflation for the past 12 months. This has helped interest rates remain low.
It’s quite possible to see the rate of inflation rise towards 2.5%. It’s likely that this will influence interest rates to higher levels.
For borrowers, the good news is that inflation is likely to become more tame later this year. So now may be a great time for you to take advantage of the low-rate environment before these inflation readings start to move higher.
Secondly, our central banks have artificially depressed sovereign bond yields for years. Now, a small rise in yields can cause a move higher in interest rates, as well.
2nd Home and Investment Properties
Finally, Fannie Mae is tightening the underwriting criteria for second homes and investment properties, the government sponsored entity said Wednesday.
“Recent amendments to our senior preferred stock purchase agreement with Treasury impose additional risk criteria on the loans we acquire,” the GSE said in a letter. “One of those restrictions is a 7% limit on our acquisition of single-family mortgage loans secured by second home and investment properties.”
This means that non-owner occupied transactions (2nd homes and investment properties) will become a bit more difficult in terms of qualification and slightly more expensive, in terms of interest rates.
Use That Equity
One other thing to consider for current homeowners – a cash-out refinance to utilize the equity in your home to eliminate all other consumer debt. Many of my clients have saved anywhere from $500 to $1,750 per month in their overall payments. Find out more on that here…and do reach out to me for more on this subject!