The locked-in effect has been bandied about for the last couple of years as the reason why the inventory remains thin. But it’s not stopping those who want to pay cash and avoid a mortgage altogether – every area is showing increases in the all-cash purchases.

If you don’t want to leave your local neighborhood, then yes, you’re locked in – the higher prices and rates make it prohibitive to move. But for the homeowners who don’t mind leaving town, they can take their winnings and pay cash for their next house!

Don’t let higher rates stop you. Thirty-eight percent of the homes in America are paid in full – join the club!

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