To Wait Or Not To Wait For Lower Mortgage Rates?

6 weeks ago Shop for a home now or hold out for possibly lower mortgage rates? It’s a question confronting many home shoppers this spring homebuying season amid widespread expectations that mortgage rates could come down once the Federal Reserve begins lowering its own short-term rate. Economists generally anticipate that the average rate on a 30-year mortgage could start declining later this year after surging to a 23-year high of nearly 8% in late October. Holding out for more attractive rates could give homebuyers some financial breathing room. But there’s a potential downside to waiting: Lower rates can bring out more buyers, driving up prices.