Politics aside, what better indicator of an improved economy than a decrease in mortgages delinquent 90 days or more, meaning homeowners are better able to pay for their homes than they were…dare I say it, 8 years ago?
Mortgage rates continued lower today, largely getting caught up with yesterday’s underlying market movements. Lenders were likely being cautious due to prospects for volatility in today’s trading, not to mention the increased volatility seen on Tuesday and Wednesday. All things being equal, rates will
It’s not that the sky’s falling, but that it’s important to illustrate the affect rising interest rates has on home affordability so buyers who are on the fence know the answer to that million dollar question, what is the “perfect time” to buy.
It appears we are in the best of all worlds – the economy has improved, home prices are rising and interest rates are at historic lows. So, why not now? To answer that, let’s look at the effect a 1% change in interest rates will have on purchasing power.
According to the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, the Average Home Price in the Colorado Springs market as of end of month August 2015 was $273,381. With the Average 30 yr Mortgage in the Colorado Springs market currently at 3.91%, amortized over 30 years a monthly payment on this average home is $1,291 per month, not including taxes and insurance. Whereas, a payment for the same house at 4.91% is $1,453, a monthly increase of $162 or $58,165 in added payments over the life of the fully amortized loan. And if affordability is an issue, consider this increase means less house for the money, as the max purchase price becomes $242,973 in this scenario.
Buying a home is no small decision with many factors to consider. However, those who are ready, willing and able to buy might want to consider pulling the trigger sooner than later as, be it in 2015 or later, interest rates will rise. To illustrate its inevitability, this old goat was originating mortgages with interest rates in the mid to high teens back in the 90’s. Yes, before smart phones.
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There has been a lot of talk about how difficult it is to get a home mortgage in today’s lending environment. However, three recent reports have revealed that lending standards are beginning to ease. This is great news for both first time buyers and current homeowners looking to move or buy a se
Attention renters! Are you ready for a place of your own? And, I don’t just mean somewhere to live because, if you’re a renter you already have that! I mean a home that you can paint and fix-up the way you want, where you will have less neighbor worries and, there are so many more benefits to being a homeowner, not the least which is no longer paying someone else’s mortgage or nest egg by helping to build their equity, but building your own instead.
Many people I talk to think they can’t afford to buy a home. Well just today, July 22, 2015, a search for properties less than $90,000 in El Paso County resulted in 15 results. Now, keep in mind there are down payment requirements for most loans except VA, but a $90,000 loan amount at a 4% interest rate (which not everyone will qualify for) equals a monthly payment for principal and interest of $429.67 (not APR)! Add 1% for taxes and insurance and we’re talking about a payment of roughly $505! As you see, with monthly payments this affordable, you just can’t afford not to! Not to mention, there are some areas in El Paso County enjoying up to 14% appreciation, meaning if it’s worth $100,000 today it’s potentially worth $114,000 next year!
Look at the interest rates bank are paying for savings and compare…you’ll find that, even at 2% there is no comparison!
And if that’s not enough to get you off of the fence, let me nudge a bit and introduce the El Paso County Bond program, which offers down payment assistance equal to 4% of the mortgage amount. And you don’t even have to be a first time home buyer to qualify! In case you missed it, this might mean zero down.
Do I have your attention yet? Use the contact form to the right and I’ll be happy to help you stop paying rent and start paying yourself.
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