Should we wait for home prices to drop further??

house_calculator_small_200Mortgage rates vs Home prices

It is reasonable to want to buy at the very lowest point in the market.  The problem is that no one knows where that bottom is.....  Most seasoned investors will tell you that the bottome occurs and starts up before you reallize it.   With this in mind I wrote a blog post on the Homegain blog and want to also post it here.   Please add any comments you may have.

Freddie Mac says that we have the lowest mortgage rates EVER!!  Well maybe not ever but since they started tracking the rates.   So maybe in the last 50 years or so…..
Additionally, home prices have dropped to some of the best prices in a long, long time.   So now the question is:  Do we wait to see how low home prices may go before we buy?
Here is some food for thought……
  1. Many people believe that home prices have found the bottom and are making a turn upward.
  2. Mortgage rates are at the lowest rate in 40 or 50 years.  It is hard to believe they will drop any further and are more likely to move upward.
  3. We should look at the math.
What if………

What if home prices did drop another 10%?  It’s very unlikely, but what if they did?   Well, if mortgage rates stayed the same, that would be great!  But, what if mortgage rates moved back up to a more normal 6.5% during the same time that the prices are dropping?
$200,000 X 4.5% = $1013/month
$180,000 X 6.5% = $1137/month
Whoa!  You mean the price of a home could go down 10% on a $200,000 home but my payment could go up more than 10%.   That can’t be right … can it?

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#1 By Alex Cortez at 12/24/2017 1:30 AM

Good points, Wayne. I posted something similar on my blog recently. I kind of miss Columbus (I was there shortly as I went to Ft Benning for Airborne and Ranger schools).

#2 By Real Estate Hanoi at 12/24/2017 1:30 AM

Fantastic post! I will bookmark this post in my Propeller account. Have a great day! Timing is one of the biggest concerns of many prospective home buyers today. It is certainly a fact that home prices have dropped considerably in many areas around the country during the last two to three years. Yet, there are also indications that prices could continue to drop in the coming months. This has left many prospective buyers in a quandary as they wonder whether they should make their move now and buy or wait to see whether prices will drop further.

#3 By Real Estate Celebrity at 12/24/2017 1:30 AM

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