Grrr The Fed Just Made It More Expensive To Buy A Home

Dated: 06/14/2018

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Yesterday the Federal Reservehiked the benchmark interest rate a quarter of a point, from 1.75 percent to 2 percent. Interest rates are the highest they have been in 10 years!

Buyer who need a mortgage to purchase their house will find their mortgage rate higher. They will be paying $2,000 in interest per $100,000 of home price versus $1,750.

Interest rates are going up /Beth Ellyn Rosenthal eXp Realty

However, to put things in perspective, when I bought my first home in 1978, my interest rate was 18 percent. And I was thrilled. I got that great rate because I had amazing credit.  The going rate was 21 percent!

The real thing to worry about is this is not the only interest rate increase we will face this year. It definitely isn't the last.  The Fed practically promised there will be two more by Christmas.

Interest rates make the same house more expensive according to Beth Ellyn Rosenthal eXp Realty

What this means for buyers:Here in Las Vegas real estate prices have risen as much as 13 percent in the last twelve months. When you add this increase to the Fed's increase, it makes homes that much less affordable. For example, a $300,000 home last May (almost the median price these days) will now be $339,000. Then buyers will have to pay the increase in mortgage interest on top of that. Soooo, if you really want to buy a home, it will cost you real dollars to wait.

What this means for sellers:  With such low inventory, any time is a GREAT time to put your house on the market. But the longer you wait, the fewer people there will be who can qualify to buy your home. But remember, you only need one!

Oh, and your credit card interest rate and new car loans are going up too. These changes also make it incrementally more difficult to coax a mortgage lender to give you a loan.

Lots to think about!

((hugs)) BETH Ellyn

THE Las Vegas Real Estate Concierge

P.S. Here is a list of all homes that have reduced their listing price in Henderson. Every dollar helps!

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