Saving to Buy a Brevard County Home? Do You Know the Difference Between Cost & Price?
As a seller, you will be most concerned with the 'short term price' - where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, you must be concerned not with price but instead with the 'long term cost' of the home.
Many economists have pointed to Brexit (Britain's exit from the European Union) as a reason that interest rates will remain low for the next few months. But Trulia's Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin warns that this will not always be the case in a recent post:
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Freddie Mac all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by close to a full percentage point over the next twelve months.
According to CoreLogic's most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 5.3% over the next 12 months.
What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
Here is a simple demonstration of what impact an interest rate increase would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today if home prices appreciate by the 5.3% predicted by CoreLogicover the next twelve months: