Monday, January 9, 2017
By Jeff Cook
The Time is Now...

The Time is Now...

 By Jeff Cook | January 9th, 2017


Are you annoyed of hearing your neighbors through the thin walls of your apartment? Do your dogs need a yard to roam in? Are you tired of paying your landlord's mortgage? Have the kids moved out and left you with too much room? Is it becoming a pain to clean so much square footage?


Regardless of if you're a first time home buyer trying to get out of apartments and rentals, or a homeowner needing to upsize for a growing family or downsize once the children have moved on, now is the time to make your move. Interest rates have already increased 1%. As I wrote last month, every 1% incease in a mortgage rate can reduce your borrowing power by 10%. Before the rate hike, let's say you were approved for a $200,000 home. After the hike, you can now only borrow $180,000. As the rates continue to increase, your loan will continue to decrease. The bottom is gone. We don't want you to be one of those folks that doesn't understand it or doesn't jump in time, and have to experience high rates, or just not even be able to buy your dream home. 

What does this mean for a home seller? The buyer pool is dwindling as people are finding out they can't afford as much of a home as previously thought. Say your home is worth $200,000. The buyer we previously mentioned who could have bought your home a month ago is now unable, unless you are willing to take a $20,000 hit. Plus, if you are selling to buy another home, your borrowing power just decreased as well and you may need that $20,000 in escrow to put down on your new house. 


Again, if you are on the fence, get off of it! If you are thinking about selling, do it! Do it before you get double whammied, meaning that there will be less buyers because of the higher rates plus you'll be paying more interest to buy your next home. Let's talk today! Give us a call at 843-225-2002 or visit us online at



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Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook Real Estate 

Charleston, SC