NEW YORK – March 13, 2015 – Even the slightest movement in mortgage rates can translate into more – or less – purchasing power for homebuyers.

John Burns Real Estate Consulting recently looked at how the fluctuation in rates affects the average consumer. The firm found that a typical family earning $60,000 a year (assuming a 36 percent front-end debt-to-income ratio) could afford around $1,800 month for the mortgage payment.

In 2000, a 30-year fixed-rate loan, which averaged an 8 percent mortgage rate, would have qualified that family for a $245,000 loan.

But at a 4 percent mortgage rate – which current rates are averaging – that same family can qualify for a $377,000 loan.

Source: "How Tiny Mortgage Rate Moves Can Buy You a Lot," CNBC (March 10, 2015)

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