Mortgage interest rates have risen by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year, and many assume that if mortgage rates rise, home values will fall. History, however, has shown this not to be true.

Where are home values today compared to the beginning of the year?

While rates have been rising, so have home values. Here are the most recent monthly price increases reported in the Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic:

  • January: Prices were up 0.5% over the month before.
  • February: Prices were up 1% over the month before.
  • March: Prices were up 1.4% over the month before.

Not only did prices continue to appreciate, the level of appreciation accelerated over the first quarter. CoreLogic believes that home prices will increase by 5.2% over the next twelve months.

How can prices rise while mortgage rates increase?

Freddie Mac explained in a recent Insight Report:

“In the current housing market, the driving force behind the increase in prices is a low supply of both new and existing homes combined with historically low rates. As mortgage rates increase, the demand for home purchases will likely remain strong relative to the constrained supply and continue to put upward pressure on home prices.”

Bottom Line

If you are thinking about moving up to your dream home, waiting until later this year and hoping for prices to fall may not be a good strategy. 

Especially here in Phoenix, our market is very strong and there are no signs of prices dropping. Add to that, interest rates are projected to go up! 

If you want to get the ball rolling on your home search, you can also start browsing homes right here on this website! Just enter the city you want to live in, bedrooms and price range and you are off house hunting! 

And we are here for you every step of the way! So if you have any questions, just call/text us at (480)305-6655 or e-mail us at info@gosoldrealty.com

Talk Soon,

The Go Sold Realty Team