If you’re looking for a home or about to sell one, you know that monthly mortgage interest rates are a key factor in housing affordability. But what makes rates go up or down? What national economic indicators affect the interest you’ll pay?
The information out there can be confusing. Should you pay attention to stocks, T-bills, bank rates, short-term rates, crystal balls or the Federal Reserve? Unless you’re a financial professional, all the data can make your head spin.
Here is the one interest rate indicator that will tell you where mortgage rates are headed: Bonds. Bonds, bonds, bonds. Specifically, bonds called mortgage backed securities, or MBS.