Mortgage Rates Temporarily Fall as Home Buyers ‘Flee to Safety’

Published by FOX Business | August 4, 2022

Carroll CEO says 30-year mortgage temporarily falling as people ‘flee to safety’ in uncertain market

Just because 20 and 30-year fixed mortgage rates have tumbled in recent days, doesn’t mean it’s the right time to buy or sell your home, according to one real estate expert.

“The people that are buying the bonds that actually support the 30-year mortgage are doing a flee to safety,” Carroll founder and CEO Patrick Carroll said on “Mornings with Maria” Thursday. “They’re afraid of all the things that are out there that really nobody can predict.”

As the 20-year fixed rate fell to 4.5% on Tuesday, the 30-year fixed rate saw its largest weekly decline since 2020 after reaching 5.43%.

The real estate investor expressed he doesn’t believe declining mortgage rates will juice a demand for home buyers and sellers, anticipating more rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.

“I think waiting on the sidelines a little bit could be a good play,” Carroll responded when asked whether the low rates mean it’s a good time to buy or sell.

Investors’ biggest worry, according to Carroll, remains Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and its impact on markets.

“As I talk to investors, that’s their number one fear,” the real estate expert said. “You might be seeing the bonds react temporarily, but I think over time they’re going back up.”

Predicting mortgage rates will climb upward in the long-term, Carroll noted that could mean prices of single-family homes, which experts have warned are in scarcely low inventory, will decrease.

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