Last Friday, the average 30-year mortgage rate hit 6.7% for zero points and top tier scenarios according to MortgageNewsDaily.
This was the highest rate in 20 years.
Yes, rates were much higher in the 1980 period, but it is the change in monthly payments that impacts housing.
Monthly payments include principal, interest, taxes, insurance (PITI), and sometimes HOA fees (Homeowners Association). We could also include maintenance, utilities and other costs.
The following graph shows the year-over-year change in principal & interest (P&I) assuming a fixed loan amount since 1977.
Currently P&I is up about 59% year-over-year for a fixed amount (this doesn’t take into account the change in house prices).
This is above the previous record increase of 50% in 1980. This assumed a fixed loan amount - if we add in the year-over-year increase in house prices, payments would be up over 70% YoY for the same house.
This is one of the reasons I've argued Housing: Don't Compare the Current Housing Boom to the Bubble and Bust, Look instead at the 1978 to 1982 period for lessons.