When You Buy A Home In Tallahassee, What Does The Money Cost?

Posted by Joe Manausa on Monday, March 10th, 2008 at 4:43pm.

Unless you are one of the fortunate few who can buy a home in Tallahassee without borrowing money, the cost of the money that you borrow is one of the greatest costs that you pay.
I was asked by a reader why I felt so strongly about now being the right time to buy a home in Tallahasse. My response is a bit long-winded, but simple to understand. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who can buy a home in Tallahassee without borrowing money, the cost of the money that you borrow is one of the greatest costs that you pay. In order to see this better, I created a simple scenario. Let's assume that you want to buy a home in Tallahassefor $250,000. Let's say you sell your previous home and use the proceeds of $50,000 as your down payment, thus financing $200,000 in the new home. Your monthly payment (principal and interest), would be $1,136. So why is now such an important time to buy? Because rates are going to go back up. In the early 1980s, we saw rates at 20%! So what does this mean to a family wanting to buy a home in Tallahasse? Let's take a look at the purchasing power of that $1,136 per month at different rates. Today, it buys a house of $250,000. When rates go up to 9%, that same payment will only buy a $176,400 house!

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So, even if you think home values might come down (even as much as 20%), your monthly cost of ownership is cheaper now than it would be. I do not believe that properties in this price range will come down 20%, but even if it were true, and you plan on living in the home for more than five years, you will save money by buying now. If you like this Article then please subscribe to my full RSS feed. You will be able to stay informed about the happenings in the Tallahassee Real Estate Market. You can also subscribe by Email.  
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Joe Manausa, MBA is a 26 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.

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