Buying a Home Guide from Linda O'Connor

How Low Mortgage Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power

Since Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey indicates interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are forecasted to remain low throughout the rest of 2020, this could create a great opportunity for you to buy a home this year. That’s because the mortgage interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but it 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. interest payments around $1,200 a month. The lower the rate, the higher your purchasing power climbs, meaning you can buy more for your money when rates are low. Bottom Line With mortgage interest rates forecasted to remain low throughout 2020, this may be a great year for you to consider buying a home. 4.25 $ 1,478 $ 1,438 $ 1,402 $ 1,365 $ 1,328 4.00 $ 1,432 $ 1,396 $ 1,361 $ 1,325 $ 1,289 3.75 $ 1,389 $ 1,355 $ 1,320 $ 1,285 $ 1,250 3.50 $ 1,347 $ 1,313 $ 1,280 $ 1,246 $ 1,212 3.25 $ 1,306 $ 1,273 $ 1,240 $ 1,208 $ 1,175 3.00 $ 1,265 $ 1,233 $ 1,202 $ 1,170 $ 1,138 2.75 $ 1,225 $ 1,194 $ 1,163 $ 1,133 $ 1,102 $ 300,000 $ 292,500 $ 285,000 $ 277,500 $ 270,000 -2.5% -5% -7.5% -10% Buyer’s Purchasing Power Principal and Interest Payments rounded to the nearest dollar amount For example, this chart shows the impact rising interest rates have if you purchase a home at about the median existing home price ($274,500 at the close of 2019), assuming you want to keep your principal and

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