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 departure of the UK from the European Union has driven down the
10-year bond, and thus mortgage rates, we expect them to rebound later
in the year as uncertainty over the economic consequences of the
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?
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: