Low Interest Rates Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

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Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeksFreddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.

This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact that they may no longer be able to get a rate below 3.5%. However, we must realize that current rates are still at historic lows.

Here is a chart showing the average mortgage interest rate over the last several decades:

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Experts predict that mortgage rates will be closer to 5% by this time next year.

What does increasing interest rates mean for you?

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments between $1,850-$1,900 a month.

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With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000).

Act now to get the most house for your hard-earned money.

Amanda K. Burns

Amanda understands what draws people to the dream of an island lifestyle and what it truly takes to make those dreams a reality. She moved to Hawaii Island from Fairbanks, Alaska in 2016.

Amanda gained 12 years experience in sales and marketing focusing on long term customer service and relationships during her time in Alaska. Wanting to achieve a greater level of work/life balance, and create meaningful experiences for her children through new adventures, Amanda and her husband relocated to the Big Island. Starting her real estate career in the vacation sector, Amanda developed a passion for helping customers with their island experience. She joins LUVA Real Estate as an agent specializing in the North and South Kohala districts.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys the harmony of toes in the sand and salty crashing waves. She loves scuba diving with her husband, cooking for friends and family, gardening and making family memories through island adventures like zip-lining, fishing, snorkeling, and hiking. Grateful for an amazing group of neighbors and friends who made her transition successful, Amanda strives to makes sure that local families, new residents and vacation home investors fulfill their ultimate dream of an island lifestyle through exceptional service filled with the spirit of Aloha.