This article on mortgage rates may be interesting...

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Partners

Then again, it may not.

Why Mortgage Rates Are Increasing. When looking at purchasing real estate, the cost of the purchase should factor in the cost of the money making the purchase. If the cost of the money goes up, the buying power of the dollar will go down; it will cost more later to buy the same house now if interest rates continue up. Having spent the last two years thinking rates could not go lower, I'm not even going to hint that rates won't stay where they are or even drop again. I don't know. We still have a large number of short-sale and bank owned homes in our market and the law of supply and demand is definitely affected by the law of 'cut your losses'. While money might cost more in the future, our local market may offset that cost by continued reduction in market prices. Ultimately, whatever informed decision you make is the right decision at the time.

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Comments (4)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good information for consumers. Happy holidays to you and your family.

Dec 25, 2010 07:21 AM
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

As said, good information to put forward.  You make me want to look in Vancouver.  Good post.

Dec 25, 2010 07:47 AM
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference

Great info. I keep trying to tell my clients who are putting off refinancing and buying this but they still think they know best :)

Dec 25, 2010 07:54 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I have a few buyers this week that just figured out the difference they will be paying vs what they would have if they hadn't waited and now have all put offers in on homes. They were hoping those homes would go down in price, well the did, but not as much as the interest going up cost them.

Dec 25, 2010 04:17 PM