The Market Report Is Here for Q1
Stay Informed
Do you want content like this delivered to your inbox?
Share

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

Share

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

Jon Tetrault, SRS, ABR

Featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt and HGTV's Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation - Jon Tetrault has been a full time realtor with Slocum Realty...

Featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt and HGTV's Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation - Jon Tetrault has been a full time realtor with Slocum Realty...

Mar 3 2 minutes read
  1. Do I think home values will be higher a year from now?

  2. Do I think mortgage rates will be higher a year from now?

From a purely financial standpoint, if the answer is ‘yes’ to either question, you should strongly consider buying now. If the answer to both questions is ‘yes,’ you should definitely buy now.

Nobody can guarantee what home values or mortgage rates will be by the end of this year. The experts, however, seem certain the answer to both questions above is a resounding ‘yes.’ Mortgage rates are expected to rise and home values are expected to appreciate rather nicely.

What does this mean to you?

Let’s look at how waiting would impact your financial situation. Here are the assumptions made for this example:

  • The experts are right – mortgage rates will be 3.18% at the end of the year

  • The experts are right – home values will appreciate by 5.9%

  • You want to buy a home valued at $350,000 today

  • You decide on a 10% down payment

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? | Keeping Current Matters

Here’s the financial impact of waiting:

  • You pay an extra $20,650 for the house

  • You need an additional $2,065 for a down payment

  • You pay an extra $116/month in your mortgage payment ($1,392 additional per year)

  • You don’t gain the $20,650 increase in wealth through equity build-up

Bottom Line

There are many things to consider when buying a home. However, from a purely financial aspect, if you find a home that meets your needs, buying now makes much more sense than buying next year.


Source: KCM

Selling Your Home? 

Get your home's value - our custom reports include accurate and up-to-date information.

Get Home Value
We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience and deliver our services. By continuing to visit this site, you agree to our use of cookies. More info