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Mortgage Rates Soar To levels not seen in 4 years—and they’re not done rising yet!

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Mortgage rates are soaring to levels not seen in nearly four years, and if they keep rising this quickly, we may see homes soon become out of reach for millions of families.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have risen even higher, to 4.97 percent. Just last year, they were just under half that. That’s a one percentage jump over the last month alone. At its current rate, it could reach 5 percent before the end of the month. That’s the highest it’s been in decades.

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With inflation at a 40 year high and the Federal Reserve signaling multiple rate hikes around the corner, how much longer can the red hot real estate market stay hot, or even warm, for that matter.

Blake Harbin is the CEO of Houzzle Financial, a mortgage lending company in the Southeast. He has been a small business owner for more than two decades and is an expert in the real estate industry. Blake is also running as a candidate for Georgia’s 6th congressional district in 2022 and he shed some light on this subject.

Blake told us the only way to curb inflation and slow rising prices is by increasing interest rates. The Federal Reserve knows this, but it also knows that increased rates are counterproductive to economic growth. But instead of seeing a quarter-point bump or a rise of even half a percent, I think we’re looking at a whole percentage point. But this will barely scratch the surface in slowing down inflation. Unfortunately, it will be one of many quick interest rate hikes. We could be looking at all-time record-high hikes.

The highest the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in the past were 20% in 1980, which was to fight double-digit inflation. That was the last year of President Jimmy Carter’s Term.

Blake also told us with all the interest rate increases  we can expect a recession. Compounding things, we still have a supply chain problem.

8 thoughts on “Mortgage Rates Soar To levels not seen in 4 years—and they’re not done rising yet!

  1. BFD these crybabies have no clue what real interest rates are.
    They cry about affordable housing…
    When I built a house in 1983 fixed rate mortgages were 18%.
    Variable rate mortgages were 14%

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    1. The good thing about higher interest rates is we might get some quality residents instead of the disrespectful ‘wannabees’ who can only afford it here because of cheap money… and contributed to the decline of the town and civil discourse.

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      1. “The good thing about higher interest rates is we might get some quality residents instead of the disrespectful ‘wannabees’ who can only afford it here because of cheap money… and contributed to the decline of the town and civil discourse.”……BAHAHAHAHA, what a shallow, ignorant, and distasteful statement. All are welcome in Ridgewood. Why don’t you save up your money so you can move somewhere that’s actually exclusive and try to improve your self esteem. You are the wannabe.

  2. I was overjoyed when I got a 9% rate on my first house in 1978.

    And it was for the vast sum of 56K.

  3. The Biden administration has destroyed the economy.

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  4. Quality residents in Ridgewood.
    Pffffft.

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  5. This is the first blow to the crazy real estate market that’s been on fire for a few years now. All due to extremely cheap mortgages.

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    1. Cheap mortgages are only part of the reason why the real estate market has been hot. There has been a shortage of new housing units built over the past few years, coupled with the 20,000+ illegal immigrants entering the country EACH day. Illegal or legal, they are people and have to live somewhere. Illegal immigrants are devouring the lower end of the housing market, which in effect has driven typical “starter” homes to well over $500k in many markets. It’s a domino effect. Biden and company are creating long term problems that American’s will be stuck dealing with for decades after he gets voted out of office.

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