Money | Brenda Richardson
Homeowners and eager buyers have embraced low mortgage rates, as is evident in strong refinance and purchase activity in the past year’s hyper-competitive housing market.
One unexpected impact from the pandemic was the way it pushed down mortgage rates at the beginning of 2020. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage fell to a record low in March 2020 — and kept falling. Last July, rates crossed below 3% for the first time. By January 2021, they bottomed at 2.65% and have hovered around 3% since.
The Federal Reserve kicked-off the plunge when it dropped short-term rates to zero and committed to buying mortgage-backed bonds. The Fed is planning to stay the course in keeping interest rates low at least until 2023, though it may pull back on bond purchases sooner.
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