Many learnings in the process as I am an example of how we always learn new things if we are open to them. We decided to start our home search at the end of 2021 acknowledging that the rental market would no longer be cost/beneficial considering the expected inflation upon our renewal. I have since seen that our previous home was just renter at a 62.5% increase! The rent amount also represents a 13% premium of what I am starting to pay for my new mortgage! Crazy market indeed!
We were lucky to find something we like within 3 weeks of starting our search but we had to be open with a long process as it was a foreclosed property. I didn’t believe they existed given the hot house market, low interest rates, and the local forebearance programs in place since 2020. However, it was a unique situation that had been ongoing since 2017 which provided the opportunity. We were able to get under contract within weeks of making an aggressive offer without competition as it was an off market situation given my realtors network.
We had prepared with a great pre qualification for a purchase amount I had been hoping not to need but ultimately did given the hot market. Financing was still great at the time as the indication was 2.99% fixed! However, that quickly started to change as the markets came under the 2022 volatility we have seen. While I knew it was changing, I could not anticipate the rate of change when we got closer to a closing date. Appraisal was no longer an issue but rates were increasing so much that my lender stepped back from offering a lock in.
This led for me to need a lender switch with less than a month left to close! Things were heating up until issues appeared with the title given the liens. That delay help us achieve the financing and luckily I opted for a 45 day rate lock with the new lender as we were finally able to close on day 44 of that lock. With a day left on my now considered great 4.25% rate, we closed on our new home. Prevailing rates the day after were. As high as 6% so it truly came down to the wire because the difference in payment would have made me think twice on the purchase!
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