The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition
The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Today, we are going to focus solely on the impact of projected interest rate increases.
Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!
Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly.
In some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers out looking for a home, which has caused prices to rise.
The great news about rising prices, however, is that according to CoreLogic’s latest US Economic Outlook, the average American household gained over $15,000 in equity over the course of the last year, largely due to home value increases.
For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment.
It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which made your dreams come true) might not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of your dreams. The good news is that it’s ok to admit that your home no longer fits your needs!
675,000 Homeowners Regained Equity in 2017. CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that “over the past 12 months, 675,000 borrowers moved into positive equity.“
This is great news, as the share of homeowners with negative equity (those who owe more than their home is worth), has dropped more than 20% since the peak in Q4 of 2009 (26%) to 4.9% today
There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase.
From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems to be no shortage of opinion.
Mortgage Payment Across Time Average – Interest Rate and Mortgage Payment
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rates and the approximate payment for a $250,000 mortgage.
Payments are principal and interest only based on a $250,000 fully amortizing mortgage.
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