As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where homevalues areheaded over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned aboutprice, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project thatmortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s mostrecent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months.
What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
If home prices appreciate by the 4.7% predicted by CoreLogicover the next twelve months,here is a simple demonstration of the impact an increase in interest rate would have on themortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today: