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If you are a Delaware homeowner (or about to become one), you’ll be interested in the progression of your Dewey Beach home’s value over time. The market may fluctuate, but what doesn’t is your goal of seeing your property value go up — in other words, calculating its Return on Investment. In economic terms, evaluating the projected ROI tells you how much profit there would be if the home is sold at a later time.
There are two major methods of calculating real estate ROI. Both take cost and appreciation into account — but they come up with quite different answers!
The Cost Method gives a smaller ROI. Consider buying an area house for $100,000. Ubiquitous Zillow (the Internet giant) pegs the current annual appreciation rate for real estate in the U.S. at 6%. If our Dewey Beach market proves true to that projection, the example Dewey Beach home value would register $106,000 after the first year. If $2,000 were spent on repairs, that means a $4,000 profit would result, and the ROI for that one year would be $4,000 divided by $102,000: 3.9%. At that ROI, it would take roughly 26 (100 divided by 3.9) years to equal the cost of the home.
Sometimes called the “Out of Pocket” method, this calculation yields a higher ROI. Here, ROI is calculated based on the size of the down payment (assuming a mortgage is involved). Take the same example: the Dewey Beach home valued at $100,000. You won’t actually pay that whole amount — just the down payment (say, $20,000). To evaluate the ROI, the down payment is added to the repair costs ($20,000+$2,000) and that number is subtracted from the appreciated home value ($106,000-$22,000). The “equity” in this case is $84,000, so the ROI in that single year is $84,000/$106,000 = 79.2%. Although this sounds terrific, it isn’t too realistic…after all, the mortgage left is still owed: it may not be “out of pocket” because it hasn’t been actually paid yet, but the remaining liability is real.
If you have Delaware home value questions, I’m here to answer those and any other real estate-related needs. Want to discuss home values, ROI, or other property questions, call/text 302-228-7871 or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR ® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.
The headlines last week had a familiar look to them, but in terms of what they actually signified for readers who might be potential home buyers or sellers in Dewey Beach, they really should have triggered a snap-to moment:
“Mortgage Rates Fall to New 2016 Lows,” was the Star Tribune’s headline. Yahoo Finance echoed that, adding, “Is Now the Time to Buy?”
“Ho-hum,” readers might have reacted; “same ‘ol, same ‘ol…”
The so what? treatment was also what most media outlets gave the news. After all, haven’t mortgage rates been low for a long time now? So what if rates hit the lowest mark since May 2013? TV newscasters (cable and otherwise) were mostly mum, except on the financial channels. News is about what’s new—and this just didn’t seem to qualify.
In terms of real people’s lives, the actual impact of what those headlines mean is all but seismic. If you are selling your Dewey Beach home, the number of potential buyers depends on how many people can afford to shop in your asking price’s range. Likewise, for serious house hunters, the real contenders are those that fit your budget.
That’s where the current Dewey Beach mortgage rate picture is more than slightly interesting. It can be decisive. The impact that even small rate adjustments make are substantial—and that makes the current environment truly momentous. The average mortgage rate over the past 3 decades has been 7.49% (that’s what you get if you average out the official numbers since April of 1986). That means that a $300,000, 30-year fixed rate home loan would create a $2,095 monthly payment.
That’s why last week’s news should have been earth-shaking—at least to anyone on the fence about making a move in the current market. The official word from quasi-government entity Freddie Mac was that nationally, mortgage rates actually dropped again, inching down to a national average of 3.58%.
The math is remarkable. That same $300,000 home loan payment would today cost only $1,360—a savings of $735 every month. About a third. Put another way, on the same budget, the same Dewey Beach house hunter could afford “a third more house.” In terms of any kind of shopping discount, that’s a wild one!
So I’d argue that there was actually a great deal of news value in last week’s drop in mortgage rates, whether the actual percentage shift was a small one. The news is that these incredibly low rates aren’t being treated as news—despite their importance to real people buying and selling real homes.
There is a danger in how people have the capacity to accept current conditions as normal—even if they’re extraordinary. That capacity has a downside: it means we can be lulled into acting as if today’s reality will continue on forever. History has a way of creating dramatic wakeup calls on that score…all of which is another way of suggesting why today is a terrific time to give me a call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.