Thinking of Buying a Vacation or Retirement Home? Why Wait?
The sales of vacation home skyrocketed last year. A recent study also revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea pf finally purchasing that vacation home (that they eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers.
If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide to lease the property until youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re ready to occupy it full time, the rental market in most areas is very strong. And you can still get a great mortgage interest rate.
BUT CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES WONÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T LAST FOREVERÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
According toÃ‚Â FreddieMac, the interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at the beginning of April was 4.4%. However,Ã‚Â FreddieMacÃ‚Â predicts that mortgage rates will steadily climb over the next six quarters.
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assume you want to purchase a home for $500,000 with a 20% down payment ($100,000). That would leave you with a $400,000 mortgage. What happens if you wait to buy this dream house?
Prices areÃ‚Â projected to increaseÃ‚Â over the next year and a half. However, for this example, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assume prices remain the same. Your mortgage payment will still increase as mortgage rates climb to moreÃ‚Â historically normal levels.
This table shows how a principal and interest payment is impacted by a rise in interest rates:
If you are a real estate professional and want a deeper understanding of how market conditions will impact buyers this spring, please join us Thursday at 2PM ET for a free webinar entitled:Ã‚Â Spring Ahead in 2014: KCM’s Action Plan for Dominating the Spring Buyers’ Season.