Rates are volatile this week, heading up mid-week after dropping for two weeks in a row on the heels of some positive inflation data. Recently released minutes from the Fed’s June meeting point to further steep rate hikes and reflect inflation’s continued impact on monetary policy.

This comes as recent data shows the size of purchase mortgage applications dropping down to $413,500 from $460,000 in the spring. This doesn’t necessarily mean home prices are going down (price growth is likely to continue even if it levels off), but it suggests that buyers continue to see opportunities even at elevated rate levels.

In spite of the impact of rising rates on affordability over the past several months, there are a number of options worth considering when it comes to accessing the market, from government-backed loans to conventional programs such as HomeReady, or even adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs).

– Robert Heck, Vice President of Mortgage @ Morty


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