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A month ago I wrote about why you should not buy a home. Of the ten reasons for not buying at the time, there has been a little movement in one of them. The first reason was that interest rates were too low, and that there would be a better tax deduction if rates would go higher. If you're waiting for that big opportunity to score in the tax deduction game, it may be on its way.
There is a good chance that the result of the Washington circus will be increased interest rates. Even with a last minute agreement by the unenlightened do-nothings, there could be a downgrade of US debt. It's estimated that the increase in treasury bond interest effected by a debt downgrade could affect mortgage interest rates with as much as a 1% increase.
In real money, a 1% increase on a $200,000 loan will get you an opportunity to deduct somewhere around $1,200 extra at tax time. Of course, you will have to pay an extra hundred or so dollars every month for the privilege. If you're pushing the limit of affordability and can only qualify for a $200,000 loan at 4.5%, well, you'll only qualify for somewhere near $180,000 at 5.5%. I'm not a home loan specialist, but I think these numbers are reasonably accurate.
On the other hand, if you're fairly good at math and economics, you probably recognize that now may be the last great chance to spend less on that lifestyle upgrade you've been thinking about. If there's a possibility of a new home purchase in your future, call me for a complimentary home buying orientation and strategy session.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.