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NOW IS THE TIME
It’s 16% Cheaper to Buy Now than Late 2018
Home prices are going up; mortgage rates are going down. A study by Black Knight found that the buyer savings from mortgage rate drops more than offsets the rise in home prices by about 16% (about $48,000) in just over a year’s time.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville-based Black Knight Inc. examined home price growth and affordability in the context of today’s lower-interest-rate environment in its latest monthly report. It found that the negative impact of rising home prices has been more than offset by mortgage interest rate declines.
“Even with home price growth accelerating, today’s low-interest-rate environment has made home affordability the best it’s been since early 2018,” says Black Knight Data & Analytics President Ben Graboske. “At that time, the housing market was red-hot with national home price growth at 6.6% and climbing – before rising rates and tightening affordability triggered a pullback in growth rates.”
Even though average home prices have increased by almost $13,000 a little over a year ago, “the monthly mortgage payment required to buy that same home has actually dropped by 10% over that same span due to falling interest rates,” Graboske says.
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