6/08/2009

The Cost of Waiting to Buy Revisited


Six months ago (they've passed quickly), I covered this topic via an article by Pat Zaby complete with payment scenario.

Last week's upset in the Treasury bond market , a more complex subject, ultimately sent mortgage interest rates up, with higher payment impact, that the earlier post referred to:
Let's make an assumption that the prices may still decline 5% more before they start appreciating again. If while a buyer was waiting for the price on a $250,000 to go down 5% to $237,500, and the interest rate goes up one percent from 5.25% to 6.25%, which is entirely possible, the buyer's monthly payments will increase almost $79 per month.
Or putting it another way, some buyers who qualified before last week may now have lost as much as 10% of their original buying power. In fact, some mortgage professionals feel that because of the current economic forces driving the purchase of bonds vs. mortgage-backed securities, the edge on low interest rates--below 5%--is gone, and maybe gone for good. If you're just starting in the market, figure it's the luck of the draw. But if you've been looking for a very long period of time, or renewing your search after being away from it for a long time, your loan information probably needs to be updated.
One brighter spot is that the procedure is being put in place for the imminent start of a statewide down payment assistance program offering a "silent second" for first time homebuyers (up to 3% of purchase price, income restrictions apply, FICO score over 680) and which may be used in conjunction with the FHA 3.5% down payment. If you're in that category, you might still be ahead if you fit this program.

See my earlier post on waiting to buy.

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