Now is a TERRIFIC time to purchase a home!
BUY NOW, while rates are low.
Randy and Christy Oetken
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FHA Loan limits
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may be reduced from $280,250 to $271,050 after September 30th.
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We’d love to help you decide if buying is right for you. Let us help you calculate your own Cost/Benefit Analysis.
It’s probably no surprise that rising interest rates have a significant impact on your pocket book.
But how much of an impact? The True Cost may shock you!
The average stay in a home is 5 to 7 years
according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Knowing you like to stay informed, we have provided three real-world home buying scenarios in the graphics below. From these hypothetical comparisons, we hope you can get a better idea of the true cost of the interest rate hikes that are expected in the near future.
Assuming that you remain in your new home for 7 years, it is very clear the HUGE impact of rising interest rates.
WAITING TO BUY could cost you THOUSANDS of dollars!
Home “A” Costs $150,000
At the current interest rate of 4.875%, the monthly payment will be $797.
If you wait until the interest rate rises to 6%,
your monthly payment will increase by $85,
for a total annual increase of $1020!
If you stay in that home for 7 years,
you will be spending $7140 MORE!
What could you do with an extra $7140?
Waiting to purchase this $250,000 home could cost you
$140 per month
$1680 per year
If you stay in that home for 7 years,
you will be spending $11,760 MORE!
What could you do with an extra $11,760?
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Are you waiting for a lower purchase price?
The “savings” of a few thousand dollars off the purchase price will actually COST you THOUSANDS when the interest rates rise.
Don’t wait to make your next Real Estate move.
As experienced REALTORS®, and long-time North Idaho residents, we can provide an impressive list of professionals whom we’ve come to trust over the years. With our expertise in guiding our clients through all kinds of Real Estate transactions, we are uniquely qualified to help you achieve your real estate goals in 2011!
We’ll help you navigate through every phase of the process.
Randy Oetken 208-660-0518
Christy Oetken 208-660-0506
Our Schnauzer “Browser” was probably the most famous dog in Idaho. Over the years, we have featured him in our print and electronic advertizing. He’s even been on a billboard! If you had the pleasure of knowing him, you’ll know that he was on of the best Public Relations reps ever!
Our faithful little buddy passed earlier this year. Although we miss him very much, we are so grateful for the years and blessings of his precious friendship. (In Loving Memory of Browser)
We can hardly forsake his memory especially now. Since he was such a huge part of our Real Estate business as well as our personal lives, we beg your indulgence as we continue doing business in his memory for a little while longer.
When you think of Browsing for Real Estate on the internet, we hope you’ll remember our “best friend” and visit websites that bear his name: www.RealEstate-Browser.com.
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Mortgage Interest Deduction? OF COURSE!
We’re with Lawrence Yun, of the National Association of Realtors:
It’s a common misperception that the mortgage interest deduction benefits primarily the wealthy, as argued in the Washington Post’s January 1 editorial, “Trim the Excessive Tax Subsidy for Real Estate.”
In fact, the MID actually benefits primarily middle- and lower income families. Sixty five percent of families who claim the MID earn less than $100,000 per year, and 91 percent who claim the benefit earn less than $200,000 per year. As a percentage of income, the biggest MID beneficiaries are younger middle-class families.
The MID helps many families become home owners by reducing the carrying costs of owning a home. The ability to deduct the interest paid on a mortgage can mean significant savings at tax time. For example, a family who bought a home last year with a $200,000, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, assuming an interest rate of 5 percent, could save nearly $3,500 in federal taxes when they file next year. That’s real money they can use to pay down other debts, save for their children’s college education, or put away for retirement.
It’s no wonder, then, that most Americans support the MID. In fact, in a recent NAR survey by Harris Interactive of 3,000 home owners and renters, nearly three-fourths of home owners and two-thirds of renters said the MID was extremely or very important to them.
Unlike the very rich, much of whose wealth is tied to the stock market, the wealth of most middle-class American families is connected to their home. Millions of these Americans bought their homes with the understanding that mortgage interest is tax-deductible, and many of them have steadily paid down their mortgages to build equity in their home. Eliminating or reducing the MID would destroy part of this hard-earned equity for all home owners, independent of their tax filing status.
Furthermore, we also need to be mindful that home owners already pay 80 percent to 90 percent of U.S. federal income tax, and this share could rise to 95 percent if the MID is eliminated. Proposals that would remove certain tax benefits in return for lower tax rates just may hold for one or two terms of Congress before the tax rates are changed again. Americans are not naïve; they understand the nature of Washington politics.
For people who don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings to buy a home outright, tax benefits like the MID help them begin building their futures through home ownership…
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