“I’m going to wait until the interest rates and housing prices go down before I buy a house”

“It’s just not the right time”

“I don’t think I can afford it”

We’ve heard it all before. Excuse after excuse as to why people wait to achieve the dream of home ownership. We know the idea of buying a home can be intimidating, but the fact is the cost of waiting to buy could potentially be costing you thousands of dollars. To demonstrate our point, the chart below shows a 10% increase in Rhode Island housing prices, with the interest rate rising about 1% over the past year.

Cost of waiting

 

As you can see, the cost of waiting only one year will increase your monthly payment by $205.35. That’s $73,926 over 30 years! With this trend continuing (and economists and industry experts believe it will), interest rates and housing prices will rise through 2015.What does this mean to the potential home buyer? Waiting to buy doesn’t just cost you dollars and cents. It costs you the opportunity for a better home and may even prevent you from qualifying for a loan for suitable housing. It’s not all bad, though. The real estate market is forecasted to retain healthy gains in 2014, despite steady increases of home prices and interest rates. So, whether you’re a first time home buyer or just looking for a new place to call home, the time to buy is now.