Housing Market Updates May 27, 2023

The Current Real Estate Climate: Rising Mortgage Rates and New Lending Programs

Hello Tampa! Kevin Farfan here, your trusted Coldwell Banker Realty-affiliated Realtor. I’m here to talk about some significant developments that have been unfolding in the mortgage and housing markets recently. Let’s dive into the impact these changes might have on our vibrant Tampa real estate landscape.

First off, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has seen a bit of a spike recently due to ongoing debates around the debt ceiling. According to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey® from Freddie Mac, rates have risen to 6.57%, an 18 basis point climb from last week. This increase is undoubtedly putting some strain on both buyers and sellers. However, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater suggests this predicament could present an opportunity for builders to help alleviate the nation’s housing shortage. If that’s the case, we could potentially see an increase in new construction here in Tampa, providing buyers with more options.

Unfortunately, the rise in mortgage rates is also causing a drop in mortgage applications. For the second consecutive week, the volume of applications has decreased, this time by 4.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) notes that even with a slight uptick this week, activity remains nearly 28% below last year’s pace. As a Realtor, I understand how this might seem discouraging, but remember that every market shift presents its own set of opportunities.

In light of these challenges, it’s encouraging to see some innovative solutions emerging. Rocket Mortgage has just launched its ONE+ home loan program, requiring homeowners to put down just 1% of the purchase price. The company will cover the remaining 2% to meet the typical threshold for conventional loans. This could be a real game-changer for some buyers in the Tampa area, especially those who may be struggling with the initial down payment requirements.

Lastly, there’s been a lot of discussion about the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes. After several increases and finally reaching a target of over 5%, many are wondering if the Fed will pause its rate hikes in the upcoming meeting. It seems the Fed’s members are somewhat divided on this issue, so we’ll be waiting for the outcome of the next meeting to gain more clarity.

While the market’s current conditions may present challenges, they also offer unique opportunities. Remember, every real estate journey is unique, and I’m here to help you navigate this ever-evolving landscape. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor, or a seller, don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions or concerns.

Stay tuned for more updates, Tampa, and remember, your home, your future—it’s all part of our commitment to you.

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