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Rising Interest Rates & What You Can Do

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic when buying a home, interest rates.

Today’s rising interest rates can have a significant impact on homebuyers. When interest rates rise, the monthly payments on mortgages also increase. This can make it more difficult for some borrowers to qualify for a loan or to afford their current mortgage payments.

If you are a homebuyer, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the impact of rising interest rates:

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start shopping for a home. This will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and what your monthly payments will be.

  • Consider making a larger down payment. This will reduce the amount of money you need to borrow and lower your monthly payments.

  • Look for a home that is within your budget. Don't overspend just because you are pre-approved for a larger loan amount.

  • Be prepared to negotiate with sellers. Sellers may be more willing to negotiate on price if there are fewer buyers in the market due to rising interest rates.

It is also important to remember that interest rates can go up and down. If you are a homebuyer, you should be prepared for the possibility that interest rates could rise even further in the future.

Here are some additional tips for homebuyers in a rising interest rate environment:

  • Consider a shorter loan term. For example, a 15-year mortgage will have a higher monthly payment than a 30-year mortgage, but you will pay less interest overall.

  • Shop around for the best mortgage rate. Compare rates from multiple lenders before you choose a loan.

  • Consider a variable-rate mortgage (ARM). ARMs have lower initial interest rates than fixed-rate mortgages, but the interest rate can fluctuate over time. If you are considering an ARM, be sure to understand the risks involved.

Rising interest rates can be a challenge for homebuyers, but it is still possible to purchase a home in this environment. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success. Contact us today for more details!

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