Wednesday, December 27, 2017 / by Nick Miskin
The predictions, although hazy despite the expertise of economists, are that interest rates will rise while incomes will remain relatively flat. Bad news for home-buyers and home-sellers? Actually, not that bad at all.
If you have been thinking about selling your smaller home and moving up to a larger home, current interest rates can work in your favor; and although all signs point to interest rates climbing in 2018, the historically low rates currently available won’t rise so significantly that buyers with a home to sell still can’t benefit.
Here’s how. Even if mortgage interest rates rose to as much as 5% annually, if your current smaller home sold for around $175,000 and you had about $30,000 left from the sale to use as a down payment and you used an FHA 3.5% down payment on a $275,000 home purchase with a loan on a $268,000, home your monthly payment including principle, interest ...
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / by Nick Miskin
I know, statistics can be boring. True; yet when looked at from the right perspective, they tell us a lot about how things are and what may occur in the future.
At the risk of being boring, here are a few statistics with a bit of explanation about how they may affect you if you are planning on buying or selling a home in the next 3 to 12 months.
Statistic 1: The Federal Reserve, the bureaucracy that manages the nation’s money supply and interest rates, is planning on continuing to raise interest rates next year. When they do, interest rates on home purchases will likely also rise. On a $200,000 home mortgage, for every ¼ of a point interest rates rise, you pay $41.66 per month more in interest. A 1% rise in interest rates on that same loan could mean you can’t qualify for that $200,000 loan, but only a $180,000 loan. Higher interest rates can mean you must purchase a less costly home.
Statistic 2: In our local Metro Atlant ...
Monday, November 27, 2017 / by Nick Miskin
Monday, September 4, 2017 / by Ira Miskin
Fall is just around the corner. Football enthusiasts are excited and hopeful. The heat of summer retreats and cooling gentle breezes bring on a brilliance of fall color as trees put on a glorious show in preparation for their needed winter rest.
For many of us who thought that buying a new home was getting tougher in this 2017 Seller’s market, and either could not find a home or felt closed out because of rising prices and fierce competition, the Fall and Winter can bring some of the best opportunities for home ownership.
Often overlooked by home buyers is that although many home sellers wait to sell in the spring and summer hoping to get a better sale price, they forget that as sellers, if they are also going to buy another home they will be paying top dollar as well. Savvy sellers know that selling a well-prepared home in the fall and w ...