How to Navigate High Mortgage Interest Rates

Dated: December 5 2023

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FINANCE, HOMEBUYERS, MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES

How to Navigate High Mortgage Interest Rates

Mortgage interest rates are hovering at the highest levels in over 23 years, causing mortgage demand to sink to a 27-year low. Waiting for home prices to come down has had little success for homebuyers due to an unprecedented imbalance in housing supply. What can you and other homebuyers do to increase your buying power?

One advantage of higher interest rates is that they can make you money in other investments until you’re ready to buy your home. Start with a debt consolidation loan to pay off high-interest credit cards. Do some research to learn where it’s best to park some cash in savings, the term of the investment(s), and penalties for early withdrawals, if applicable.

High-yield savings accounts. Most savings accounts have variable annual percentage yields (APYs), which means the return is linked to Federal Reserve overnight funds rate changes. Currently, you can get yields between 4.00% and 5.00% APYs while a traditional savings account is 0.50% or less.

Certificate of deposit (CD) accounts. The average 12-month CD is about 1.49%, still much higher than a typical savings account. But many online financial institutions are paying 4.5% to 5% APY, reports CBS.

Corporate bonds. To raise capital, some corporations issue debt securities which means you’re loaning money to the company in return for regular income payments and the return of your initial capital when the bond reaches maturity. The benefits are lower risk for investment-grade corporate bonds, lower volatility, and greater diversification that’s not tied to the stock market.

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Michelle Porter

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