Virginia Real Estate: How Interest Rates Impact Home Buyers

How will the 2017 marketplace impact homebuyers? Interest rate increases are bound to happen, which will directly impact your ability to purchase a home.

What is happening out there in the marketplace and how does it relate to you as a homebuyer?

Right now, the Fed is committed to raising interest rates in 2017. Rates will go up anywhere from 0.5% to 0.75%. We can no longer keep interest rates at the historic lows that we’ve seen the last couple of years.

Did you know that for every 0.25% increase in interest rates, buyers lose $25,000 of buying power? That’s a lot of money. So, if rates go up by either 0.5% or 0.75% this year, that could affect your buying power by $50,000 to $75,000 in terms of the total mortgage amount.


What does that mean for you? Ultimately, it could mean the difference between buying a single-family home and buying a townhouse. Interest rate increases can negatively impact your ability to buy a home.

So, if you are a buyer in today’s market, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to make a move so that you can take advantage of these historically low interest rates. I don’t believe that we will ever see these kinds of rates again in our lifetimes.

If you have any other questions about buying a home or about real estate in general, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

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Wicker Homes Group at Keller Williams
 46169 Westlake Dr #200
 Potomac Falls, VA 20165

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