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5 Ways Rising Interest Rates Will Impact You

By Melissa Dorman, October 15, 2018

The federal reserve recently raised the prime rates again this week with the intention to make several more in the coming 12 months.


This is how it will impact you…


1) Sellers who wait to list may have to wait to sell

We are quickly moving from a seller’s market, where inventory is low and buyers are making multiple offers, to a different market. As interest rates rise, buyers lose purchasing power and demand slows. Soon, sellers are competing for the buyers left standing. It is a balanced market when we have 6 months of inventory on the market. As homes sit on market, costs increase for sellers awaiting offers.


2) Avoid new construction, focus on move-in ready homes

Waiting for your dream house to be built may for the same price as a resale is an attractive deal. However, while you are busy selecting countertops, a rising interest rate may push that dream home out of your price range. You cannot lock an interest rate more than 60 days before the home is ready to close, so any delays in construction to be devastating.


3) Waiting a few months to buy may mean waiting a few years to own

For every 1% interest rate increase, buyers lose 10% buying power. If you qualified for $300,000 at 4.5%, then at 5.5%, you will qualify for $270,000. Buyers that are right on the margin of qualification may be pushed out due to set Debt to Income ratios for mortgage qualification.


4) Paying for an interest rate is worth considering

If you are right on the margin of what you can afford, then buying points to lower your interest rate may be a good idea. Rates are expected to rise to 6% by end of 2019.


5) Appreciation will slow as the market balances

Portland has seen year over year appreciation in the 5%-12% range, depending on the neighborhood. Playing catch up with sister cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, has made Portland a very hot market. Sellers truly begin to lose in this situation because as interest rates rise, number of qualified buyers decrease, and appreciation slows. In the end, they have a house that is difficult to sell and the yield grows smaller the longer they wait to do so.


Melissa Dorman is a Licensed Broker with Yascha Group at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. Follow Yascha Group  on Facebook.






Melissa Dorman

Broker | OR & WA


Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape sex trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day job as a Social Worker to become a full-time broker and investor. Initially, she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her clients overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently, Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist clients to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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