If you are thinking about moving up to your dream home, waiting until later this year and hoping for prices to fall may not be a good strategy.
According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have increased by half of a percentage point, to around 4.5%, in 2018. This is still significantly lower than recent history.
The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.
Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.
Buyer’s Purchasing Power
Principal and interest payments rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
The chart above shows the impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments under 2,000 month.
With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000). Experts predict that mortgage rates will be over 5% by this time next year.
Act now to get the most house for your hard-earned money.
The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment.
The higher the interest rate, the greater the mortgage payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.
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.
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
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