As economic conditions progress and regress over time, homeowners are often the ones who feel the effect. With the property market and home loans directly tied to the prosperity of a country's economy it is important for savvy investors to ensure that they are clued up before they enter the market.
How are mortgage rates set?
Mortgage rates are influenced and set according to different economic indicators within the financial market, among other factors. Because of this there is the opportunity for rates to change on a daily basis, with the potential for more than one change to take place each day.
Many things affect how mortgage rates are determined. In addition to the economic climate, market conditions and personal financial situations can both contribute to the level of rates.
Fixed or adjustable rates?
Borrowers have the choice between fixed-rate mortgages or adjustable (variable) rate ones. All mortgages will fall into one of the two categories and deciding on which one to go for could have a significant impact on monthly repayments.
Fixed-rate mortgages are set at a certain base interest for the life cycle of the home loan, whereas an adjustable one can be subject to change over the period of the mortgage, dependent on external factors.
Adjustable-rate mortgages are generally tied into an index which will determine the repayments and this means that, although there is a risk of expensive repayments over the course of the loan, property owners can often benefit from periods of low interest.
Sub-prime mortgages can be considered to be one of the major contributors to the US housing crisis. Designed as an opportunity for individuals with a poor credit history to get on the property market, irresponsible lending from banks led to a surplus of new homeowners left crippled by the financial crisis and unable to pay back their mortgages.
Waiting for the right moment
Property investors may wish to pay close attention to the interest charges which determine the relative cost of a mortgage. After a gradual and extended growth in interest rates a slight fall is experienced in terms of the mortgage market.
To be able to pick up the best deals available, investors must look out for the financial trends that will help keep them one step ahead of the market and allow them to purchase well-priced real estate.
- Monday 10 May 2010