What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 03/12/24

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, mortgage rates are probably top of mind for you. They may even be why you’ve put your plans on hold for now. When rates climbed near 8% last year, some buyers found the numbers just didn’t make sense for their budget anymore. That may be the case for you too.

Data from Bright MLS shows the top reason buyers delayed their plans to move is due to high mortgage rates (see graph below):

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Many buyers last year said they were out due to mortgage rates, but this should change in 2024. That’s because mortgage rates have come down off their peak from last October. And while there’s still day-to-day volatility in rates, the longer-term projections show rates should continue to drop this year, as long as inflation gets under control. Experts even say we could see rates below 6% by the end of 2024. And that threshold would be a game changer for a lot of buyers.

While mortgage rates are nearly impossible to forecast, the optimism from the experts should give you insight into what’s ahead. If your plans were delayed, there’s light at the end of the tunnel again. That means it may be time to start thinking about your move. The best question you can ask yourself right now, is this:

What number do I want to see rates hit before I’m ready to move?

The exact percentage where you feel comfortable kicking off your search again is personal. Once you have that number in mind, let's connect. We can help you stay informed on what’s happening, and when rates hit your target, you'll be ready to go. We think there is going to be a lot of competition for homes once rates decrease a little more. Let's get ahead of the game together. 

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