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When the Federal Reserve closed out 2015 with the first increase in interest rates in nearly a decade, they may have opened the door to buyers and sellers in Lakewood and East Dallas considering a move.
“While interest rates are still low at about 4 percent, the change is motivating buyers who have been sitting on the sidelines,” says Bobby Sillers, Residential Mortgage Loan Originator at Ascent Home Lending. “Meanwhile, sellers see this as a great time to list a home, before rates climb higher and buying power shrinks.”
As recent as the summer of 2009, we saw interest rates holding steady at 6%.
On a $500,000 home with 20% down at 6%, the principle and interest payment is $2,398 per month.
On the same loan at a rate of 4%, principle and interest is $1,909 per month.
That’s a monthly savings of $488.
Most people stay in their home for about 5½ years, and at 4%, that savings is about $32,000.
In fact, to qualify for the same $500,000 home at 6%, you need to make $13,000 per year more than if you were securing a loan at 4%.
For more information on home loans, contact Bobby Sillers at ascenthomelending.com.
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