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Mortgage Rates Are Dropping. What Does That Mean for You?

Mortgage Rates Are
Dropping. What Does That Mean for You? | MyKCM

Mortgage rates have been a hot topic in the housing market over the past 12 months. Compared to the beginning of 2022, rates have risen dramatically. Now they're dropping, and that has to do with everything happening in the economy.

Nadia Evangelou, Senior Economist and Director of Forecasting at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains it well by saying:

Mortgage rates dropped even further this week as two main factors affecting today’s mortgage market became more favorable. Inflation continued to ease while the Federal Reserve switched to a smaller interest rate hike. As a result, according to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 6.31% from 6.33% the previous week.

So, what does that mean for your homeownership plans? As mortgage rates fluctuate, they impact your purchasing power by influencing the cost of buying a home. Even a small dip can help boost your purchasing power. Here's how it works.

The median-priced home according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is $379,100. So, let's assume you want to buy a $400,000 home. If you're trying to shop at that price point and keep your monthly payment about $2,500-2,600 or below, here's how your purchasing power can change as mortgage rates move up or down (...

What's Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional.

What's Going on with Home
Prices? Ask a Professional. | MyKCM

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home this year, you may have questions about what's happening with home prices today as the market cools. In the simplest sense, nationally, experts don't expect prices to come crashing down, but the level of home price moderation will depend on factors like supply and demand in each local market.

That means, moving forward, home price appreciation will continue to vary by location, with more significant changes happening in overheated areas. Here's a quick snapshot of what the experts are saying:

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, says:

The major question on the minds of homeowners and aspiring buyers...

What You Want To Know If You're Pursuing Your Dream of Homeownership

What You Want To Know If
You're Pursuing Your Dream of Homeownership | MyKCM

If you're a young adult, you may be thinking about your goals and priorities for the months and years ahead. And if homeownership ranks high on your goal sheet, you're in good company. Many of your peers are also pursuing their dream of owning a home. The 2022 Millennial & Gen Z Borrower Sentiment Report from Maxwell says:

Many young adults have demonstrated their resolve to embark on the journey toward homeownership soon. More than half of millennials and Gen Zs plan to apply for a mortgage sometime within the next year.

Let's take a look at why homeownership makes the top of so many young buyers' to-do list and what you need to consider to achieve your goals if you're one of them.

Top Motivators To Buy a Home

Before you start the homebuying process, it's helpful to know why homeownership is so important to you. The survey mentioned above sheds light on some of the top reasons why younger generations are looking to buy a home. It finds:

  • 95% believe the cost of renting is too high
  • 35% think owing a home is an important wealth building tool
  • 16% seek the sense of security owning a home provides
  • 37% plan to use it as an investment property

No matter which of these resonates the most with you, know there are many financial and non-financial reasons why you may want to buy a home. While your top motivator may be different than that of your friends, they're all equally valid and worthwhile....

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