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More about interest rates — what can you buy?

Assuming reasonably healthy economic conditions in the U.S. and internationally, mortgage rates will eventually rise. Sellers will continue to sell, and buyers will continue to buy, in virtually any interest rate environment, and rate changes will impact both. It is worth understanding and planning for, though. Continue reading

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All the talk about interest rates …

Last week the Federal Reserve raised the “Federal Funds Rate” after years of rumors that they would do so. The media got very busy discussing what that means for the economy, and for other interest rates that are important to consumers — including mortgage loans, but whether and when mortgage rate changes might happen has very little to do with the Federal Reserve Board. Continue reading

July numbers are in …

General economic uncertainty aside, I believe that buyers who stay on the sidelines over the next six to twelve months — especially in the Austin area — will find that they missed the best opportunity to become homeowners we have seen in many years.
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Mortgage interest rates and monthly payments

Let’s say the rates bounced “all the way” up to 6%. What would that mean to the average homebuyer? To answer that, consider buying a $200,000 home (near the median in Austin), with a 3.5% down payment on a 30-year fixed rate FHA loan. Here’s what happens to the monthly payment (principal and interest only) as rates go up. Continue reading

So what about the debt ceiling?

Politics aside, I don’t see any practical reason that interest rates should spike next week based on what happens in the debt ceiling debate. I certainly believe we will have higher rates over the next year or two, but that will have almost nothing to do with all the noise coming from Washington now. Continue reading

Another reason to buy soon!

This change will be effective on loans issued on or after April 18, 2011. That’s just sixty days away — plenty of time to find and purchase the right home, but not much time to remain uncertain about whether to buy or not. If home ownership is in your plans, and if you can qualify for a mortgage loan today, now is the time to get busy. Continue reading

Will higher interest rates cost you your dream home?

The difference between 5% and 6% mortage rates is about $125/month, or almost $20,000 in purchasing power. There is a real cost to delay while interest rates are increasing — an it looks like that’s the direction of change this year. Continue reading

Mortgage Interest Rates — Historical Perspective

Mortgage rates are rising, but still at 40-year lows. With prices also likely to increase, NOW it is the time to buy a home! Continue reading

More dollars, cheaper dollars … good news?

In a predictable environment entrepreneurs and businesspeople will gamble their capital and their livelihoods on the chance to build and grow — creating jobs and prosperity for many others along the way. Continue reading

Austin-Area Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales were down in September, but the Austin metropolitan area shows signs of strength. Continue reading