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The Power Move: Why You Should Buy a House When Interest Rates Are High

Updated: Oct 5, 2023



Introduction

Hey there, folks! Welcome to another mind-blowing article where we're diving headfirst into the wild world of real estate. Today, we're tackling a juicy topic that might raise some eyebrows. Here’s the question, why would anyone want to buy a home when interest rates are dancing around like a hyperactive squirrel hopped up on caffeine? Get ready, because I'm about to explain why it might be the best move you've ever considered. We're going to unravel the secrets behind buying when interest rates are high like my Uncle Bob's colesterol.


Unraveling the Benefits Of Buying When Interest Rates Are High

Alright, let's cut to the chase. Why would anyone buy a home when interest rates are climbing up the walls like an ill tempered chimpanzee at your cousin’s wedding? It might sound like I've lost my marbles, but let me explain because there's some logic to this madness. While conventional wisdom might suggest otherwise, there are compelling reasons to consider this approach, and we're about to unravel the hidden advantages that could make it a wise choice for aspiring homeowners. Here are the three knockout benefits to buying a home at high interest rates.


Benefit #1: Lower Housing Prices

Yeah, you heard me right. When mortgage rates rise like a rocket, sellers start feeling the housing market cool off like a cold breeze on the back of your neck. As sellers see the writing on the wall, they want their homes off the real estate market faster than you can say "Zillow," which means the most nervous sellers will start dropping their prices to get ahead of the pack. Then, as more and more seller’s catch on, a frenzy of price reductions begin happening.

So, what's the play? Well, it usually takes a little time for a new interest rate hike to impact the market, so no need to rush in. Eventually you’ll start to see a shift in the market and then it’s time to get serious. When sellers are no longer attracting the same kind of attention they’ll realize they need to make a change. They know that the combo of higher interest rates and a market cooling off means they've got to sweeten the deal to get you in the door. It's like a clearance sale for homes, and guess who's winning? Yes, you, the homebuyer!

It's also worth noting what happens if you wait. Just like when interest rates rise, housing prices tend to fall, the opposite is also true. Once interest rates peak and start going down, housing prices tend to push upward again. From that perspective, it's not really a choice between high and low interest rates. It's more like a choice between high interest rates and lower prices, or lower interest rates and higher prices. Since current rates are always temporary, the former option tends to save you more money in the long-run.


Benefit #2: More Home Choices Available

Think about it like a buffet for your dream home. With less demand, thanks to those sky-high interest rates, you'll be wading through a sea of options. While others are on the sidelines waiting for lower interest rates, you'll have more options since you're competing against less buyers. With less competition and a surplus of homes waiting for a new owner, you're like a kid in a candy store, trying to decide which flavor of awesome you want to sink your teeth into.

With less competition, you'll have flexibility to be more selective in your search. Imagine being able to take your time, sifting through a treasure trove of homes – from cozy cottages to modern masterpieces – until you find the perfect place you can call "home sweet home,".


Benefit #3: Less Buyer Risk

Home buying when rates go high can entail less buyer risk due to potentially slower and more sustainable price appreciation in the real estate market. Higher interest rates may also offer excellent long-term stability in mortgage payments, reducing the risk of unexpected financial burdens for homebuyers. Imagine a world where you're not competing in a high-stakes bidding war against other hungry buyers. In a high-interest-rate landscape, the frenzy simmers, and you can make decisions without feeling like you're playing a game of real estate roulette.

When the market cools down due to those pesky high-interest rates, it's like taking a breather in a game of musical chairs. There's less frenzy and chaos, and you can focus on finding the right home for you and your family.


The Inspection

And let's remember the home inspection phase. You're not rushing through like you're on a speed date trying to see as many options as possible in a short amount of time. You've got time to scrutinize every nook, cranny, and questionable reno job. During the home inspection phase, you can take your time and thoroughly examine every aspect of the property. This phase of the home purchase process is essential to make informed decisions and negotiate any necessary repairs or adjustments with the seller. While before you may have had to minimize your offer conditions, now you can apply all of the conditions you want and really take time to scrutinize before you buy.


The Appraisal

Ah, the dreaded appraisal dance. If you've been through this before you know how disappointing it can be to have your appraisal come in lower than the current asking price. Even if you were willing to pay a higher amount, your lender might not be willing to lend you the full amount if your appraisal comes in lower than your offer. Now you're stuck with either coming up with more money, or walking away from the deal. But guess what? In a market where high interest rates are putting on a show, sellers tend to be more realistic about pricing. That means you're less likely to be disappointed or frustrated by a low appraisal value. Higher interest rates tend to cool down the housing market, causing sellers to be more cautious and price their properties more conservatively. This, in turn, will result in a better chance of your home appraisal aligning with your desired purchase price. So, amid rising interest rates, there might be a silver lining for buyers and sellers regarding property appraisals.

Should Home Buyers Buy Now?

Now, the million-dollar question: should you bust out your checkbook and dive into the real estate circus right now? Well, my friend, it's like timing your leap off a cliff into a clear blue lake. You've got to have a reasonable plan, count the cost, weigh each option, and then trust in the process.

Higher interest rates mean your monthly mortgage payments will be higher. That’s the cost, but remember the three benefits we've been discussing: lower home prices, more home options, and less stress in the buying process. Also, don’t forget the long-term savings potential when finding a deal in a buyer's market.



The Bottom Line

Alright, it's time to wrap this up. Buying a home in a high-interest rate environment might sound like an adventure in financial uncertainty, and in many ways it is. However, it's all about looking beyond the surface.

With the right planning and preparation, you won’t be just another buyer in a market. If you take your time and make the right assessments you can be a savvy, strategic player who can leverage the unique benefits of a high-interest-rate landscape. So, if you're considering jumping into the real estate game, don't let high interest rates scare you off. Crunch the numbers and figure out what they mean for you specifically. If it makes sense you can embrace a high interest rate market as an advantage. Dive into the options, know your local market, and remember that sometimes, the best deals are hiding in plain sight.

Real estate is a marathon, not a sprint. Often, the road less traveled leads to the most rewarding destinations. And sometimes, the best time to make a move might be when the world thinks you're crazy. Stay curious, stay informed, and happy home hunting my friends!



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I am a Victoria based local realtor with eXp Realty. My commitment to honesty, integrity, loyalty and hard work have been important pillars for me because they drive a high standard of excellent service for my clients. Helping you realize your dream is my goal!


I service Vancouver Island, but my focus is on: Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Duncan, and the rest of the Cowichan Valley.


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