Friday, August 16, 2013

Rising Mortgage Interest Rates Signal Time to Act

Central Indiana residents looking to buy a home this summer will be watching mortgage interest rates start to climb. Though rates remain at historically low levels, the national averages for interest rates are on the move.

According to, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was around 4.48 percent earlier this month. This is compared to around a 3.87 percent rate last year at this time.

Overall, the rise of interest rates signals a stabilizing economy that will need less caretaking from economic industries. This is good news, but for people looking to buy a home in the next few months, it could be a signal to act.

According to some experts, the steady growth in mortgage interest rates will keep moving along. This does not mean you have missed the opportunity to buy a new home, as rates are still remarkably low and home prices in Central Indiana are still affordable.

What these rising rates means, however, is that potential homebuyers should think about searching for their new home and listing their current property soon, as there could be an increase in home-buying activity as people try to lock in low rates.

Of course, every situation is different, and you should never rush into selling or buying a home. But for those residents who are interested in learning more or beginning the process, contact me today and learn what deals you can find, and get up-to-date information on mortgage rates and trends.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Potential Home Buyers: How Much Can You Afford To Spend?

 Having a finger on the pulse of how much your household brings in each month and also how much money flows out in that time period will be what helps you to understand which price range you should be shopping within.

One helpful tool that can get you on the right track is the Homebuying Calculator from MSN Money. By filling out the fields required on this calculator as accurately as possible, you’ll be given a solid estimate of how much money you can put toward a house.

One area that remains hazy on this calculator, however, is the “Other monthly obligations” item. Here’s a sample of what these items might include:
  • Student loan payments
  • Healthcare/gym costs
  • Monthly utility bills
  • Your household’s entertainment and recreation budget
  • Food budget
  • Clothing budget
  • Savings budget
  • Transportation budget
In addition, first-time homeowners must realize that it costs a lot to get a home up and running. Items you may want or need to invest in include:
  • Furniture
  • Large appliances — washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc.
  • Furnishings and home accessories — lighting, dishes and cookware, window dressings, rugs, etc.
  • Outdoor items — lawn mower, ladder, outdoor furniture, etc.
Tally up the amount allotted to all these items — as well as any other areas where you have payment commitments — to get the best estimate possible for your home-buying budget.

Once you’ve squared away how much you can afford and are ready to begin shopping for a home, contact me to get the ball rolling on your home search!