Mortgage rates are still historically low compared to past decades, but they are trending higher, and professionals don't expect that trend to stop anytime soon. According to the Association of Mortgage Bankers, the average rate on the popular 30-year fixed loan will rise to 4%, and borrowers interested in a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage can expect rates to average at 6.109%.
Many are trying to predict what the average mortgage interest rates will be in 2022. Most economists and real estate analysts believe that mortgage interest rates will gradually increase over the year. The latest real estate forecasts are more optimistic, with mortgage interest rates averaging nearly 3.1% during 2022. The rates will likely reach 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2022. 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are averaging 3.7% in 2022.
The Mortgage Bankers Association forecasts that the average 30-year mortgage rate will hit the 4% mark by the end of 2022. The recent announcement that bond market easing is accelerating, and forward rates are expected to triple in 2022 has added to potential upward pressure on mortgage rates. The Reserve also began phasing out mortgage-backed securities purchases and raised the federal funds rate for the first time in March to combat rising inflation.
Financial analysts expect mortgage rates to rise to 3.75% in 2022 before returning to 3.5% by the end of the year. Rates on 30-year loans are closely linked to 10-year Treasury bonds, and analysts expect those rates to rise to 2% in 2022 before returning to 1.7%. Even as 30-year rates of less than 3% disappear in the rear-view mirror, mortgage rates are likely to remain close to all-time lows through 2022.
As mortgage rates rise, financial analysts expect house prices to rise moderately in 2022. They forecast a full-year house price growth of 10.4% in 2022 and 5.0% in 2023. Due to the increase in mortgage rates, housing demand is expected to decline. The sales are expected to slow down to 6.7 million in 2022 and 6.6 million in 2023. Given the rising home prices and expectations of home sales, home-purchase mortgages are expected to rise to $2.1 trillion in 2022 and $2.2 trillion in 2023.
Forward-thinking mortgage lenders know that now is the time to look to the future, test current processes, fix deficiencies, and consider investing in technology. Here are a few key takeaways for mortgage lenders in 2022 -
Regardless of the individual policies and procedures you review, keep an eye out for improvements that further have a measurable impact on your bottom line. As lenders look forward to 2022, it's easy to feel frustrated by growing profitability issues. Instead of focusing on potential roadblocks, use this time to strengthen your business with better processes, greater efficiency, and cutting-edge technology. For local lenders to be successful, they must establish strategic partnerships with trusted vendors who know the industry and anticipate trends. As sales slow and your business moves to the next level, take this opportunity to invest in the set of solutions you need to thrive in 2022 and beyond.
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