Orange County Housing Report: Wait and Afford Less
With rising interest rates, purchasing power drops for buyers considerably the longer they wait.
Purchasing Power: An increase in interest rates by 1% translates to an 11% drop in the home a buyer is able to afford.
For the past several years, experts and prognosticators across the country had been calling for increasing interest rates. Yet, it never really materialized. To many it was reminiscent of Chicken Little’s, “THE SKY IS FALLING!!” Sure interest rates had their ups and downs, but, in the end, they consistently dropped back down to historical lows, below 4%. That is, until this year.
With the election of President Trump in November 2016, interest rates rose significantly,…