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Average Interest Rates and Mortgage Payments Over Decades

Cost of a Home Over the Decades

The Average Interest Rate and Mortgage Payment Over Decades

Let’s go back in time and see what interest rates and mortgage payments have been since the 70’s. Sometimes in the midst of “Breaking News” and the “World is Falling Apart” headlines it’s hard to have perspective. Usually, when we look back in time, everything tends to look a little better (remember your waist size or hairline?) especially if you’re a little older.  If you’re younger, the idea or goal of purchasing a home can seem as challenging as obtaining world peace. We hope the infographic will be an encouragement to all.

Comparing the Mortgage Payment on a $200,000 House
from the 70’s to Now

The numbers above come from Freddie Mac and show the average 30-year fixed mortgage rates and monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage.

While a lot of people in the 80’s  were collecting Smurfs, E.T. paraphernalia, and Cabbage Patch Dolls, mortgages were tougher to afford with interest rates at 12.7% and monthly payments at $2,166.  Compare that 80’s payment to a present monthly payment of $969 on a 4.12% loan and the difference is $1197 a month!
That will cure your nostalgia in a heart beat.

Interest RatesThe Big Question is When Will Interest Rates Increase?

Don’t know for sure … that’s  above my pay grade.
I’m just going to celebrate the time we’re in right now and help bring others to the party while money’s cheap. Why not join us?

How to Start
Call us at 636-532-4200 and talk to us.  We only work for buyers so you can relax. Or start your search now and see what’s available
Or … quickly become as smart as possible by visiting our interactive guide to buying a home.  Jump in and go at your own pace!



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