I don’t want to give you heart palpitations, but if you are planning to purchase a home, you might want to do it sooner this year, rather than later.
The Federal Reserve Bank signaled this week that it will begin raising interest rates as soon as June, but they promise not to jack them up.
I’m pretty certain that “jack them up” is a term of art around the Fed.
So, given the impending rate increases, let’s review how interest rates impact the price of your home.
Let’s start with where we are now. Interest rates for most lenders for FHA and conventional loans are hovering around 4.0% APR.
If, as a result of the Fed’s increase, we go to 5% (it probably won’t go that quickly, but its hard to say), then here is the difference:
$200,000 home at 4% APR, with 5% down payment on a 30-year fixed loan = $907, principle and interest only.
$200,000 home at 5% APR, with 5% down payment on a 30-year fixed loan = $1,019, principle and interest only.
That extra $112 per month is $1,344 per year or $40,320 over the life of the loan!
Another way to look at it: At 5%, paying $907 per month, you would only be able to afford a $178,000 home.
Here’s the double whammy: Home prices are increasing at about 3% per year right now in Phoenix. Add that to your interest rate increase.
A year from now, that $200,000 home might be on the market for $206,000.
And the beat goes on….
So, what does this mean? It means that you want to consider getting in to the market before interest rates go up.
Give me a call. I’m more than happy to help you navigate the market: 602-456-9388.