If you've turned on the news in the past months, you've probably seen finance experts discuss inflation-driven mortgage rate rises.
Some of these stories warn of interest rates of 15%+, while others estimate modest increases that will only slightly tighten the purse strings of homeowners. Nevertheless, banks are indeed increasing their mortgage rates.
On May 4th, 2022, the Federal Reserve voted to raise the bedrock interest rate to 0.9%. This change went into effect on May 5th, and as a result, many banks increased their mortgage rates. It was the second increase this year—after a 0.25% increase back in March. Further increases took place in June with a rate increase of 0.75% and July and it seems this trend will continue.
Below, we'll cover why mortgage rates have increased and how you can expect these increases to impact you as someone looking to buy a home, refinance, or take out a home equity loan.