What Fed Rate Hike ACTUALLY MEANS for Home Buyers and Sellers

If you haven’t yet, you’ll very soon be hearing about this famed Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

And like most people, it might sound like “industry jargon” to you which tunes you out completely! I get it. You actually have no idea how much I get it.

But it’s important. And because it’s important we dropped what we were doing to produce this video AND focused our entire “St. George Real Estate Morning Drive” radio show on the topic this morning on 890 KDXU.

Check out my detailed video here



Here’s what you need to know:

1.     The sky isn’t falling. Not at all. More below.

2.     The rate increase is the first of its’ kind in 9 years. NINE YEARS!

3.     It’s actually a sign of a HEALTHY economy! The Fed will only raise rates when the economy is stable enough to do so.

4.     Housing is STILL SO AFFORDABLE it’s almost nuts! Like the fact that you can actually afford 200% more home today as you could 30 years ago.

5.     It’s going to become MORE DIFFICULT to both buy and sell real estate, over time, due to rising rates. What does that mean for YOU?

6.     If you’re considering buying or selling in the next 12 months, you’re going to want to do that NOW. Housing will become more expensive, hurting BUYERS. The increased cost of housing will hurt SELLERS.

That’s it! Check out the video, share with friends, and give us a call at 435-215-4533 or shoot us an email: sales@gostgeorge.com

The #1 Reason Home Buyers' Dreams May Be Crushed



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What if a small change in mortgage interest rates caused you to COMPLETELY MISS the opportunity to purchase a home?! That could be happening. And soon.

Today, Jeremy Larkin & Host Chantry Abbott from Guild Mortgage Company discusses an upcoming change in the national and St. George real estate markets that will majorly affect every single Buyer’s ability to get the home they want….as well as home SELLERS’ ability to sell those homes.

An article released by the Mortgage Bankers Association predicts that mortgage interest rates will top 5% in 2017. What does this mean for you and your St. George real estate?  

Nearly 7% of buyers who apply for a mortgage during the first half of the year will have trouble qualifying for a mortgage if rates go up by 0.5%.

Rates affect buying power immensely. As a result, some buyers won't be able to qualify for a mortgage down the line. For example, Chantry has had clients get pre-qualified for a $200,000 house. Three or four months later, they came back to get approved but, since rates have been on the rise, they actually can only afford to buy a $185,000 home. DANGIT!!

Doc, Marty and Buying a House in 1985….

Was it really more expensive to purchase a home in 1985? You’d be surprised. Watch this:

Let's say you want a $1,000 monthly mortgage payment. Back in 1985, assuming typical down payments and credit scores, you could only afford a $100,000 home.
In 2015, you can afford a $210,000 house and still have that $1,000 monthly payment! Why? Because rates have dramatically decreased since 1985. Even with homes being MUCH more expensive today, you can afford twice as much.

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Rates will be on the rise in 2016, and Sellers will also feel the squeeze.  

It’s not just Buyers who could miss out on the home of their dreams. Home SELLERS will feel the sting also sometime in 2016 or early 2017 according to our estimates. If Buyers can’t buy, it’s awfully tough to sell. This is the primary reason we’re having very serious home-selling discussions TODAY with folks who had previously considered waiting 2-3 years. 

If you have any questions about the mortgage process, call Chantry Abbott of Guild Mortgage at (435) 674-1090. Chantry has been in the mortgage business for a long time, and many of our clients have purchased or refinanced their homes through Guild Mortgage Company. He can definitely help you out. As always, give us a call or send us an email with your real estate questions.

If your questions are more of the BUY or SELL real estate nature, give us a ring directly! (435) 215-4533, or sold@gostgeorge.com