The Fed’s new “neutral interest rate” could mean pricier mortgages, less cash flow, and higher home prices for longer. After the great financial crisis, interest rates were kept in check, slowly sliding down for over a decade. But, since the pandemic, things have gone the opposite way. Mortgage rates have hit multi-decade highs, bond yields have crossed new territory, and we could be far from things returning to “normal.”
If you want to know the math behind the mortgage rates and understand what the Fed does (and doesn’t) control in a high-rate world, Redfin’s Chen Zhao can break it down for you. In this episode, Chen goes through the economic indicators tied to mortgage rates, how bond yields affect banks’ lending power, why the ten-year treasury is at a historic high, and the Fed’s newest “neutral interest rate.”
We’ll also get into the potential effect of next year’s presidential election on mortgage rates and the housing market and what to look for to gauge where we’re headed. If you want to know where interest rates will go, Chen details the roadmap in this episode.
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