Cost of increasing Interest Rates

Talk About Increasing Interest Rates

There is a lot of talk going around about interest rates increasing but not much about how much does interest rate changes actually cost me.

On CNBC 09/12/16 –  Mortgage rates took their biggest leap in two months on Friday… It was only an eighth of a percentage point (0.125%) ….  First and foremost, rising rates scare a whole host of housing players: buyers, sellers, builders and homeowners. The average contract interest rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage is still historically very low, around 3.5 percent. The historical average for that rate is just more than 8 percent, and it has been as high as 18 percent.….

However not much is being said about how much these interest rate changes will affect a borrower in actual dollars and cents.  How much will my monthly payment increase? How much less of a mortgage loan can I qualify for as rates increase?

Estimate Increased Cost
Following are basic estimated figures you can use to get an idea of how much a 0.5% (50 basis point) increase in interest rates will affect monthly mortgage payments and loan amount you can qualify for fixed rate financing, based solely on interest rate change and assuming all other aspects of mortgage underwriting, your personal financial status and your credit do not change as rates increase:

Mortgage   Interest Rate    Monthly Mtg          Reduction of Loan
Amount        Increase          Pmt  Increase         Amount Approval
$100,000         0.50%             $ 30                          $  6,000
$200,000                                 $ 58                          $12,000
$300,000                                 $ 88                          $18,000
$400,000                                 $118                         $23,000

Rates Still  Good
The sky is not falling but a dollar saved is a dollar we all can certainly use for something else. Times are a changing especially in this wild election year. Grab it while you can, there is nothing on horizon but increased costs. Again these are estimated figures, see you mortgage lender for more information, If you need a mortgage lender referral  please feel free to contact me I can provide dependable referrals.