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What direction do you think interest rates are headed in? Homeowners have ridden the variable interest rate mortgage ride for all it's worth. The prime rate hit 20% in 1980. Since then interest rates have been in a long and steady decline. Along the way, borrowers would refinance their house and take out more cash as the value of the property was rising. Times have changed just a wee bit.
Guest Post by Bill T. Daniels, Certified Mortgage Coach
The Federal Reserve's purchases of mortgage-backed securities kept interest rates near historic lows for much of last year. But within a week of the program's expiration, rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages jumped from 5.04 percent to 5.31. Now many analysts are predicting rates will likely rise as high as 6 percent by early next year. Here are five other housing trends to watch: