There are many people who debated purchasing a home over the past year, but ultimately did not. Whatever their reasons were for their conclusion, let’s look at if their decision to wait made sense.
A 30 year fixed rate on January 2, 2014 was 4.53%. As seen on the chart below, a mortgage payment (including principal and interest) for a $250,000 home would have been $1,271.17.
Even though interest rates dropped below 4% and ended 2014 at 3.87%, the price of homes have increased by 4.8% over the same time.
Many may say, waiting a year made total sense since it seems they’re saving $60 a month. And they’d be right, over the course of the year they saved $729.36.
But what wasn’t realized is the price of the home they now want to purchase increased by $12,000. Even if they put a 5% down payment down, they will have to come up with an extra $600 at the start of the process. So in reality they’ve only saved $129.36 in a year.
Is an $11 per month savings really worth waiting to find a home to call your own after you weigh all the benefits that come along with that?
- Building equity you can borrow against in the future
- Having a safe, comfortable environment that fits your family’s needs
- Having control over your space
- Tax benefits
- And so many more…
The Bottom Line is…
The experts are predicting that homes will appreciate by another 4% and interest rates will increase by a full percentage point by the end of 2015. If you are in a position to be able to buy a home before these predictions become reality, let us know and we would be glad to help!
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