Interest Rates Have Gone Up So Your Future Payment Is Now At Least 70 Dollars Higher

Dated: 11/27/2016

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When the rate goes up 

It’s not “ if ” the rate goes up but “ when ” the rate goes up; it could make a big difference for some buyers. Freddie Mac predicts that mortgage rates will be at 5.5% a year from now.

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If buyers can afford a home with higher interest rates, it means higher payments. Higher payments might mean they won’t have the money to spend on other things like furniture or improvements to the home or an unrelated purchase like a new car.

When the rate moves 0.50% on a $250,000 mortgage, the payment goes up by $70.66 a month. If it moves 1.00%, the payment goes up by $143.74 per month, each and every month for the entire term of the mortgage which means paying over $50,000 more for the house.

The question facing every borrower in this situation is “How will you feel about having to pay more to live in the same house because you were not ready to commit?”

Then there’s the borrower who is absolutely maxed out as to what they can qualify for or sometimes, it is a borrower who just refuses to pay a higher payment. When that’s the case, the buyer has to make a larger down payment. In the same example, a 0.50% increase in rate would require $14,873 more in down payment. That could make the purchase impossible or require the buyer to buy a lesser price home that will not have the same amenities.

Mortgage rates have been low for so long that some people think that is what they should be. There are some economists who believe that the economy will not be strong again until mortgage rates are in the 7% range.

Before your dream house heads to the " I just can afford that payment now " call me. We'll get that dream locked in where you'll be comfortable and you'll be able to tell all those folks that buy this summer " I told you so... "

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Larry Gilman

I've been involved in the Real Estate business since 1994 and have helped over 1,200 families buy or sell a home, some I've done two and three times. I specialize in creative financing, home marketing....

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