Global economics have caused interest rates in the U.S. to drop. How can you take advantage of these historically-low rates?
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It’s not very nice to profit from your neighbors’ troubles. Sometimes, though, there’s simply nothing you can do to stop it.
At the beginning of the summer, as I’m sure you have heard, the UK voted to leave the EU. This became known as “Brexit,” and it has created heaps of uncertainty and worry for our neighbors across the Atlantic.
Here in the U.S., though, Brexit has been nothing but good news for the real estate market. Because of Brexit, investors all over the world wanted a safer place to invest, and this pushed already low mortgage rates down even further to almost unseen lows.
In fact, we are now in the middle of the second-longest run of cheap mortgage rates in history. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.46%; this is only a few points above its all-time low of 3.31%.
What does this mean for you?
First, if you are looking to buy a home, now is an unusually good time to do so because these low rates mean that you will be paying less money. As an example, taking out a 30-year, $250,000 mortgage today versus a year ago (when the rate was 3.9%) would mean that you would save more than $25,000 over the lifetime of the loan.
The other way to look at it is that at today’s rates, you can afford a more luxurious home without paying more. For example, if you were to take out a 30-year mortgage, you could now afford $15,000 more for a home than a year ago while keeping the same monthly payments.
Clearly, this is a great opportunity.
If you’re curious about which homes are available for sale in the Huntsville area right now, check out the complete list of homes available for sale on our website.
Now, if you are looking to sell rather than buy, these low rates also benefit you big time. The more the mortgage rates drop, the more buyers there are, and the greater the demand is for homes.
This healthy demand keeps up the price of your home and ensures your home will get sold quickly. Not surprisingly, pending home sales are up by 1.3% this summer and are now at the second-highest level in over a decade.
If you’d like to know how much your home might be worth in the current market, I’ve got a value calculator that takes into account local North Alabama home sales to give you a good estimate. Just enter your home address into the calculator[link] to get an estimate on what your home is currently worth.
As you can imagine, these ultra-low mortgage rates won’t last forever and will rise sooner or later.
If you are looking to take advantage of this unique situation while it lasts, give our team a call or send us an email anytime. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, we’re always here to help you.
This Week’s Closings:
- Mr. Jerad R. McIntyre
- Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan
- Mr. and Mrs. Billy Jackson
- Mr. Terry Wright of The Oasis Group, Inc
- Ms. Rhonda Marshall
- Mr. Terry Marshall
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul Spillane
- Mr. Michael Davis
- Ms. Danielle Bender
- Mr. Charles Biddle
- Ms. Mattie Lowe
- Ms. Ginger Small
- Ms. Stephanie M. Kornegay
- Mr. and Mrs. Channing Mitchell
- Mr. Michael Ellison
- Mr. Mohamad Elmasry
- Ms. Rania Abdelmohsen
- Mr. and Mrs. David Howard
- Ms. Ronda L. Stock-Stanage
- Ms. Alice Wells Hunt
- Ms. Christa Radford
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