Rates Always Follow Inflation

Did you know that Fannie Mae is predicting a decrease in home prices and mortgage rates in the first half of 2023?

Fannie Mae has predicted that home prices may decrease up to 1.5% in Q1 of 2023. By Q2 home prices may decrease up to 5% and mortgage rates may decrease to about 5%. With the supply of homes increasing things will easily transition into a normal buyer and seller market. 

Here are steps you can take now to prepare!

1. Determine How Much you can afford 

  • Lenders calculate your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) by dividing your monthly debt obligations by your pretax or gross monthly income
  • You’ll want the lowest DTI possible to purchase the home you want. 

2.  Save For A Down Payment 

  • Conventional and FHA loans require as low as 3% for a down payment
  • USDA and VA loans require NO down payment. 
  • A bigger down payment will often result in a lower interest rate
  • Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is typically required for down payments of less than 20%

3. Find A Real Estate Agent You Can Trust 

  • Find an agent that’s not only knowledgeable about the real estate market but will also have your best interest.  

4. Get A Mortgage Preapproval And Choose a Lender

  • Shop around for a mortgage lender or let a mortgage broker shop for you!

Are you prepared?

Contact Chelsea if you have any questions on how you can set yourself up for success!

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