As was widely expected, The Federal Reserve raised interest rates, and indicated that they will continue to do so throughout the year. This actually indicates that things are good in our economy… a positive sign that consumers are spending money, and prices are being pushed upward by the forces of supply and demand. Interest rates are like a “brake system” on a train, when things start moving too fast apply the brakes, to slow the train down. Likewise, when the economy starts to “move too fast”, prices are getting pushed higher (Inflation) so a slight increase in interest rates will temper, or slow down, these price increases. Inflation, like our debt, diet, and data, needs to be managed so it doesn’t become a problem. Which was why The Fed repeatedly lowered interest rates during the depths of The Great Recession – to spur economic activity (buying stuff.)
What will this mean for me? If you have a 30 year mortgage of $250,000, at a fixed interest rate of 5%, the monthly payment (not including taxes and insurances) would be about $1,342. A rate increase to 5.25% would raise your monthly payment by about $35. Most consumers spend more than that on coffee every month. Will that be detrimental for some consumers? Probably. However, rising incomes, should mitigate that affect. The US unemployment rate is 4.1%, and Full Employment is considered to be about 5%. Many economists believe that this dynamic pushes wages higher so (theoretically) more people should be able to afford the extra $35/month.
If you are considering Selling your house, you should act sooner and not later. Inventory is tight, so there is not much competition at this time; but more people may list their homes for sale increasing the competition. You best option is to contact a Full Time, Experienced, REALTOR® to get the answers to your questions for your situation. Feel free to call me, Joe Luca at 401-580-9797. All questions are welcomed and answers are free and without obligation.