“You put down 20% and get a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at today’s rate of 5.5%. Monthly principal and interest come to $994.31. Let’s say that 12 months from now the same house goes for 10% less, or $197,010. But by then the recession is history and the Fed is jacking up rates to stem inflation. If mortgage costs rise just half a point, to 6%, your monthly payment would be $994.94 and you’d have saved nothing. Meanwhile, some prices might steady and sellers might become less willing to negotiate. And you have spent a year living someplace you’d rather not be.”See the full Time article here (requires Adobe Acrobat).