Low mortgage rates "living on borrowed time," could climb next month


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"Low mortgage rates are already living on borrowed time," says Richard Barrington, a consultant for Moneyrates.com. "There absolutely should be a sense of urgency."

Inklings of an improving economy combined with the Federal Reserve's intention to wean us from government subsidies could nudge interest rates, which are currently under 5% for fixed-rate mortgage loans, upward. Current estimates call for a rate increase of somewhere between 0.5 and 1 percentage point as early as next month, with some economists projecting an even higher uptick.