August 11, 2022
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Interest rates on mortgage loans are rising rapidly in the United States. As the Federal Reserve pursues an aggressive strategy of rate hikes to curb inflation, homebuyers are increasingly saddled with higher borrowing costs.
The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now approaching 6%, up from just 3.79% in January. The rate increase could mean tens of thousands of dollars more in interest payments for new homebuyers this year.
A recent report published by loan platform LendingTree reviewed home sale and mortgage data to quantify the effect rising mortgage rates could have on homebuyers.
In West Virginia, the average APR - annual percentage rate - on a mortgage rose from 3.86% in January to 5.47% in April. This increase means that a homebuyer who took out a mortgage in April will pay about $201 more per month in interest than one who took out a mortgage in January, based on the average mortgage amount of $207,300 across West Virginia.
Accounting for both average home values and mortgage rates, the increase in interest rates from January to April for the typical homebuyer in West Virginia will add up to $2,410 more in the first year alone and $72,292 over the lifetime of the 30-year mortgage - the second smallest increase among states.
All data in this article is from the report Rising Mortgage Rates Could Cost Some Homebuyers More Than $100,000 Over Lifetime of Loans from LendingTree.