Q: How is it calculated that a 1% increase in mortgage rate is equivalent to a 20% increase in the price of a home?
Question: I read that a 1% increase in mortgage rate is equivalent to a 20% increase in the price of a home. (It was in the context of encouraging people to buy now, with low rates). How is this calculated?
Answer: The cost of a home is for the most part, the interest paid on the loan. You can sell a home, and reclaim most of your equity, but the interest you pay is gone. So if current interest rates are 5%, a 20% increase in the rate is 6%. It is quite an eye opener to see the total amount of interest paid on a loan. However, it is also quite a large sum if you add up your rent for the next 30 years. I am a big fan of buying your own home now, but 6% interest isn’t so bad. So buy only when you have found a home you really like, even if it means missing the lowest rate. Also, pay $100 extra toward your principle each month when you own your house. You will love how much money that can save you.
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