History Offers Perspective on Interest RatesSpring has Sprung!
By Brian Hunton
Now that Spring is here,
everyone is buzzing about the real estate market. The media loves to sensationalize things, and the real estate market is no exception. If you listen to the headlines these days, it’s easy to get spooked out of the housing market.
While it’s true that there are currently fewer homes on the market than there were last year, it’s not as dire as the headlines make it sound. As for prices, they are indeed rising, but at a slower rate than they were last year. And while interest rates are on the rise, they’re still near historic lows. The current market conditions may be challenging, but they’re far from impossible. Let’s unpack the headlines and break down the real truth about the current state of the real estate market.
And, as always, if you have any questions or just want to talk more about our local real estate market, I am just a phone call or text away.
History Offers Perspective on Interest Rates
Understanding the history of interest rates can help provide perspective on current rates. For example, in the early 1980s, the national average for a 30-year fixed mortgage was just over 16%. In contrast, today’s average rate is less than 4%.
While it’s true that interest rates are cyclical and will eventually rise again, they are still relatively low by historical standards. This low-rate environment allows borrowers to lock in relatively low monthly payments. It’s also worth noting that even a 1% increase in interest rates would still leave today’s rates well below the historical average. For these reasons, now is a good time to consider refinancing or purchasing a home.
Paying a higher price for a home and a higher mortgage rate can be difficult to swallow. However, waiting will just cost you more. If you’re ready, willing, and able to buy a home, now will be a better time than a year or even six months from now. Get in touch with me today, and let’s plan to take advantage of today’s rates before anything changes.
Homeowners’ Net Worth Gets a Big Boost
Have you checked your Net Worth?
If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. It turns out that this number has been growing recently thanks to low housing supply and high buyer demand. Today, you’re building that equity far faster than you may expect – and this gain is great news for you. In fact, the average homeowner gained more than $55,000 in equity over the past year.
Here’s how it happened. Home values are on the rise thanks to low housing supply and high buyer demand. Basically, there aren’t enough homes available to meet this high buyer interest, so bidding wars are driving home prices up. When you own a home, the rising prices mean your home is worth more in today’s market. And as home values climb, your equity does too.
In addition to building your overall net worth, equity can also help you achieve other goals like buying your next home. It works like this: when you sell your house, the equity you built up comes back to you in the sale.
In a market where you’re gaining so much equity, it may be just what you need to cover a large portion – if not all – of the down payment on your next home. So, if you’ve been holding off on selling and worried about being priced out of your next home because of today’s home price appreciation, rest assured that your equity can help fuel your move.
Equity can be a real game-changer if you’re planning to make a move or renovate your current home. To find out just how much equity you have in your home and how you can use it to your advantage, reach out to me today!
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