For whatever reason you’ve delayed buying a home, it may be time to reconsider that decision based on today’s conditions and what is expected to happen in the future.
Rents are continuing to increase to the point that in most markets, it is significantly less expensive to own than to rent. Even after you factor repairs into the equation, the low interest rates, principal accumulation due to amortization, appreciation and tax savings lower the monthly cost of housing.
Low inventories coupled with strong demand cause a rising effect on prices. Another reason for higher values is that builders, especially in certain price ranges, have not ramped up new home starts to keep up with the demand.
Recently, the Federal Reserve announced that they intend to start raising rates. Most experts agree that higher interest rates are a foregone conclusion; it is just a matter of when it will happen.
A $300,000 home today could cost considerably more one year from now. With a 20% down payment, if prices go up by 3% and the interest rates increase by .5%, the principal and interest payment at 3.625% would be $1,094.52 for 30 years compared to $1,198.05 at 4.125%.
The question is not necessarily “can you afford the additional $103.53 more per month that you’d have to pay for the home during the 30 year term?” More importantly, “How would you feel about having to pay more because you weren’t ready to make a decision and what would you have spent it on if you didn’t have to pay a higher payment?”
Author:Melissa Hardman Phone: 319-269-0304 Dated: April 21st 2015 Views: 2,159 About Melissa: ...
My name is Carl Ericson and I am a REALTOR with Oakridge Realtors in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I am in my eleventh year as a REALTOR. I work in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and surrounding communities including Waverly, Hudson, Dike, Denver, and Evansdale.
I specialize in residential sales, investment properties, and new construction. Through hard work, experience and knowledge I become my clients real estate consultant. I helps my clients make sound real estate decisions and consult with my clients when they are contemplating a future real estate move.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Management: Business Administration and a Real Estate minor. I was involved with Rho Epsilon real estate club while I attended the University of Northern Iowa.
I have called the Cedar Valley home since 1987. I grew up in the area and believe that the Cedar Valley is truly a great place to live. I believe the Cedar Valley offers many features for people to enjoy including: arts and entertainments, sports, recreation, shopping, quality jobs, a great atmosphere, and much more.
If you are thinking about a real estate move, please contact me for a personal consultation.
Carl Ericson | Realtor®
Licensed in Iowa | #S43269000
Oakridge Realtors | 3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls, Ia 50613