As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes or condos would fall. Here’s the good news. Historically, when mortgage rates rise by a percentage point or more, home values continue to appreciate. The latest data on home and condo prices seems to confirm that trend.
According to data from CoreLogic, home price appreciation has been re-accelerating since November. The graph below shows this increase in home price appreciation in green:
This is largely due to an ongoing imbalance in supply and demand. Specifically, housing supply is still low, and demand is high. As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homebuyers rushed to make their purchases before those rates could climb higher. The increased competition drove prices up even more. Selma Hepp, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains:
“Home price growth continued to gain speed in early spring, as eager buyers tried to get in front of the mortgage rate surge.”
“. . . the swift move up in mortgage rates . . . doesn’t mean home prices are about to crash. In fact, every major real estate firm with a publicly released forecast model . . . still predicts home prices will climb further this year.”
What This Means for You
If you’re thinking about selling your condo or house, you should know you have a great opportunity to list your home and capitalize on today’s home price appreciation. As prices rise, so does the value of your condo or home, which gives your equity a big boost.
When you sell, you can use that equity toward the purchase of your next property. And at today’s record-level of appreciation, that equity may be enough to cover some (if not all) of your down payment.
History shows rising mortgage rates have not had a negative impact on condo and home prices. Now is still a great time to sell thanks to ongoing price appreciation. When you’re ready to find out how much equity you have in your current property and what’s happening with home and condo prices in your local area, let’s connect at 734-761-3060 or email@example.com.