Over the last year, home prices have increased by 7.1%, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index (HPI) report. Over the next year, the HPI also predicts that prices will continue to rise at a rate of 4.9%. Clearly, we are long past the dip in home pricing. Home values are expected to continue to appreciate for years to come. In short, waiting no longer makes sense.
Anticipated Rising Mortgage Interest Rates
The Primary Mortgage Market Survey published by Freddie Mac shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have drifted around 4%. Experts predict that rates will rise over the next year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors project that rates will increase by this time next year. An increase in rates is likely to cause your potential monthly mortgage payment to rise if you plan buy your next home.
Either Pay Yourself or Pay Your Landlord
Some renters who are uncomfortable with the obligation of a mortgage have not yet purchased a home. The reality is that unless you are living rent-free, every rent payment you make is paying your landlord’s mortgage. As a homeowner, your mortgage payment can be considered ‘forced savings’ in that it builds equity in your home that you can use to your advantage later in life. As long as you continue to rent, you will continue to build equity… for your landlord. When you buy a home, the advantage in housing payments is yours. For more on this, read Millionaire Tells Millennials To Buy A Home, published in January.
A fixed rate mortgage payment will not increase over the life of the loan. Rent, on the other hand, will likely continue its historic path. See the graph above from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: Rent of primary residence, retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CUUR0000SEHA.
In short, buying a home can help you take control of your housing costs.
It Might Be The Right Time To Act
The cost of a home is determined by (1)the price of the home, and (2)the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But what if they stagnated? Would you wait? Consider the real reason you are buying and decide if you think it is worth waiting.
Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, the choice to keep pets and room for them to roam, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, now may be the time to buy. If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could result in significant savings.