If you're debating on buying a new home for your family in the future, the best time to buy is now. Here are four good reasons why you should buy a home this fall.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
CoreLogic's latest Home Price Insights report reveals that home prices have appreciated by 6.2% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.1% over the next year.
Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have already increased by half of a percentage point, to around 4.5% in 2018. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by half a percentage point to around 5.1% by this time next year.
An increase in rates will impact your monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.
3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage
There are some renters who have not yet purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord's.
As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of 'forced savings' that allows you to build equity in your home which you can then tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person building that equity.
Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?
4. It's Time to Move on with Your Life
The 'cost' of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.
But what if they weren't? Would you wait?
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.
Research shows that a great number of prospective home buyers came from a family who owned a home as compared to those who grew up in a family who rents. This is great news as most millennials are raised by baby boomers which we all know to be a generation of homeowners.
According to an analysis of millennial homeowners, the homeownership rate of those whose parents rent their homes is 14.4%, while the rate amongst millennials whose parents are homeowners is 31.7%!
"A young adult's odds of homeownership are highly correlated with their parent's homeownership.
Without controlling for such factors as age, income, education, marital status, and race or ethnicity, there is a 17 percentage-point gap between the homeownership rate for young adults whose parents are renters and young adults whose parents are homeowners."
The study also revealed that as a parent's net worth increases, so does the likelihood that their child will own a home. These two findings are not surprising as we know from the Survey of Consumer Finances that a homeowner's net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.
Below is a breakdown of the relationship between a parent's wealth and a millennia's likelihood to own a home.
Even though millennials took longer than many of the generations before them to start home searches of their own, the data shows that they will not be waiting much longer!
When buying groceries, people often pick one product out of the countless others because of one reason, they want to spend their money correctly. Have you ever wondered if you're spending your money correctly on the right mortgage?
As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, "12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich":
"While renting on a temporary basis isn't terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you're serious about your finances. It won't make you rich overnight, but by renting, you're paying someone else's mortgage. In effect, you're making someone else rich."
With home prices rising, many renters are concerned about their house-buying power. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, explained:
"Over the last three years, renter house-buying power has increased fast enough to keep pace with house price appreciation, so the share of homes that a renter can afford to buy has remained the same since 2015.
Although mortgage rates are expected to rise, they are still low by historic standards, and real household incomes are the highest they have ever been. Assuming this trend continues, our measure of affordability, which takes into account income, interest rates, and house prices, indicates that homeownership is still within reach for renters."
As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of 'forced savings' which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person building that equity.
Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac's latest report shows that rates across the country were at 4.51% last week.
Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.
It did not take long for Kickstarter to become popular since it was founded in 2009. And it has given birth to a multitude of internet based crowdsourcing and crowdfunding institutions. Only recently has it been utilized to benefits home buyers.
Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their "Down Payment Fund" rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the fact that many couples live together prior to marriage and already have the necessary items to make a house a home...they just need the house!
The average wedding in the United States has 120 guests who give wedding gifts valued, on average, at $186. This means that couples could walk away from their nuptials with over $22,000 towards their down payment!
Services like HomeFundMe allow friends, family members, and almost anyone else in a buyer's network to contribute funds toward the buyer's down payment. Contributors can determine, at the time of their donation, if their gifts are 'conditional' or 'non-conditional' on the beneficiary buying a home.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, "about 400 borrowers have used HomeFundMe to help buy homes since the program launched in October and on average, they raise about $2,500." The article went on to explain that most borrowers use these funds in combination with their personal savings to shorten the time needed to achieve their goal of homeownership.
There are more and more programs surfacing from lenders that allow buyers to put down as little as 3% to buy their dream home. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan programs require 3% down payments, while FHA programs require as little as 3.5%, and VA Loans are often approved with 0% down!
Gone are the days of 20% down or no loan! If your dreams include buying a home of your own in the next year, you can get creative with your down payment savings to make it happen!
Every homebuyer has a must-have list in their minds when choosing their dream home. Anything from walk-in closets, to a carport for four to backyard patio. Admit it, you have one in mind too. Here are the top five must-have items people are willing to cross out their list just to get a home within school districts.
Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated academic programs, art and music programs, diversity, and before and after-school programs.
With a limited number of homes available to buy in today's real estate market, competition is fierce for homes in good school districts. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, explained further,
"Most buyers understand that they may not be able to find a home that covers every single item on their wish list, but our survey shows that school districts are an area where many buyers aren't willing to compromise.
"For many buyers and not just buyers with children, 'location, location, location,' means 'schools, schools, schools."
For buyers across the country, the quality of their children's (or future children's) education ranks highest on their must-have lists. Before you start the search for your next home, meet with a local real estate agent who can explain the market conditions in your area.
Whether it's because of proximity to work or business or simply because your family has grown. You will come to think at some point that your home cannot keep up with your needs anymore.
It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which made your dreams come true) might not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of your dreams. The good news is that it's okay to admit that your home no longer fits your needs!
According to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index, prices in the starter home market have appreciated faster than any other category over the last year, at 9.4%. At the same time, inventory in this category has dropped 14.2%.
These two stats are directly related to one another. As inventory has decreased and demand has increased, prices have been driven up.
This is great news if you own a starter home and are looking to move up to a larger home as the equity in your home has risen as prices have gone up. Even better is the fact that there is a large pool of buyers out there searching for your starter home to help them achieve their American Dream!
If you have outgrown your starter home, contact a local real estate professional who can explain the market conditions in your area and help you find your next home!
Currently, sellers are enjoying huge if not undivided attention from buyers as their visibility is at peak. There are reports, however, that this will change in the following months to come as permits for single-family units are granted.
According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May.
How will this impact buyers?
More inventory means more options. Mark Fleming, First American's Chief Economist, explained that this is good news for the housing market -- especially for those looking to buy:
"The continued year-over-year growth in completions means more homes on the market in the short-term, offering some immediate relief in alleviating housing supply shortages."
How will this impact sellers?
More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:
If you are considering selling your house, you'll want to beat this new competition to market to ensure that you get the most attention on your listing and the best price for your house.
More and more Millennials turn up eager, ready and capable of becoming a homeowner. As the demand grows and supplies dwindle, there will be strict competition in the real estate arena. Here are a few things you need to know before you enter the market.
Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that they do not aspire to still achieve those things.
For older millennials (aged 25-34) who have established themselves in their career and are starting to build their families, homeownership is the next logical choice.
According to the Urban Institute's State of Millennial Housing, the probability of a millennial becoming a homeowner increases by 17.9% if they are married, and by an additional 6.2% if they have children.
Last year, according to the US Census Bureau, the average age at first marriage was 30 for men and 27 for women, while the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that the average first-time homebuyer was 32 years old.
With most of this generation having yet to age into the 'Responsibility Zone' (the time in their lives when their responsibilities start to dictate their behaviors), there will be a steady wave of buyers for years to come!
Those who are currently out in the market searching for a home are being met with a strong, highly competitive sellers market. NAR's Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented,
"Realtors throughout the country continue to stress that there's considerable pent-up demand for buying a home among the millennial households in their market.
Unfortunately, they're just not making meaningful ground, and continue to be held back by too few choices in their price range, and thereby missing out on homeownership and wealth gains."
If you are currently renting and thinking about jumping into the real estate market this year, contact a local real estate professional who can help you navigate your market.
If we work on it right, every one of us could be sitting on our very own gold mine. According to millionaire David Bach, buying a home could be our ticket to wealth. This may sound counter-intuitive to some if given some thought will actually make a lot of sense. Homes have been at the top of the list of peoples investments for centuries.
In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: "Buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America. Homeownership can also help you retire early, that is, if you pay your mortgage off."
Bach suggests that homebuyers should, "Take out a 30-year mortgage, but with the intention of paying it off in 25, 20 or ideally, 15 years."
How does he suggest you do this?
Here's the secret:
"...If you were paying $1,000 a month, now you're going to make $1,100 payments every month. Inform the bank that you are doing this and that you want the extra $100 a month to be applied to the principal (not the interest)."
What will happen to your mortgage?
Bach explains that, "If you keep this up, you'll wind up paying off your 30-year mortgage in about 25 years. Increase your monthly payment by 20 percent, and you'll have that mortgage retired in about 22 years."
Whenever a well-respected millionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This millionaire gave simple advice - buy a home and pay off your mortgage early so that you can retire sooner with the money you will have saved!
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Despite the common belief that renting will save you more bucks, research shows a big gap in between buying and renting wherein for the first time in six years favors going to the former.
The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.
In the six years that Trulia has conducted this study, this is the first time that it was cheaper to rent than buy in any of the metropolitan areas.
It's no surprise, however, that those two metros are San Jose and San Francisco, CA, where median home prices have jumped to over $1 million dollars this year. Home values in San Jose have risen 29% in the last year, while rents have remained relatively unchanged.
For the 98 metros where homeownership wins out, 97 of them show a double-digit advantage when buying. The range is an average of 2.0% less expensive in Honolulu (HI), all the way up to 48.9% in Detroit (MI), and 26.3% nationwide!
Below is a map of the 100 metros that were studied. The darker the blue dot on the metro, the cheaper it is to buy there.
In order to calculate the true cost of renting vs. buying, Trulia includes all assumed renting costs, including one-time costs (like security deposits), and compares them to the monthly costs of owning a home (insurance, mortgage payments, taxes, and maintenance) including one-time costs (down payments, closing costs, sale proceeds). They also assume that households stay in their home for seven years, put down a 20% down payment, and take out a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. The full methodology is included with the study results here.
Below is a chart created with the data from the last six years of the study, showing the impact of the median home price, rental price, and 30-year fixed rate interest rate used to calculate the 'cheaper to buy' metric.
In 2016, when buying was 41.3% less expensive than renting, the average mortgage rate was the driving force behind the difference. Rates this year are the highest they have been in six years which has narrowed the gap, all while home price appreciation has also been driven up by a lack of homes for sale.
Cheryl Young, Trulia's Chief Economist, had this to say,
"One point deserves emphasizing: The ultra-costly San Francisco Bay Area is not a harbinger for the nation as a whole. While renting may outweigh buying in San Jose and San Francisco, it is unlikely that renting will tip the scales nationally anytime soon."
Homeownership provides many benefits beyond the financial ones. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, meet with a local real estate professional who can help you find your dream home.
Lifestyle changes are dramatic during retirement, so is the change in finances. The question is, "will your home be still a good fit for you after retirement?". There are a lot of factors to consider in order to determine if your current home will still be sustainable after you retire.
According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.
"It may be easy enough to afford your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities - all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property"
Would moving to a complex with homeowner association (HOA) fees actually be cheaper than having to hire all the contractors you would need to maintain your home, lawn, etc.? Would your taxes go down significantly if you relocated? What is your monthly income going to be like in retirement?
"If you have equity in your current home, you may be able to apply it to the purchase of your next home. Maintaining a healthy amount of home equity gives you a source of emergency funds to tap, via a home equity loan or reverse mortgage."
The equity you have in your current home may be enough to purchase your retirement home with little to no mortgage. Homeowners in the US gained an average of over $16,300 in equity last year.
"As we age, our tolerance for cleaning gutters, raking leaves and shoveling snow can go right out the window. A condominium with low-maintenance needs can be a literal lifesaver, if your health or physical abilities decline."
As we mentioned earlier, would a condo with an HOA fee be worth the added peace of mind in knowing that you do not have to do the maintenance work yourself?
"Elderly homeowners can be targets for scams or break-ins. Living in a home with security features, such as a manned gate house, resident-only access and a security system can bring peace of mind."
As scary as that thought may be, any additional security and an extra set of eyes looking out for you always adds to peace of mind.
"Renting won't do if the dog can't come too! The companionship of pets can provide emotional and physical benefits."
Evaluate all of your options when it comes to bringing your 'furever' friend with you to a new home. Will there be necessary additional deposits if you are renting or moving in to a condo? Is the backyard fenced in? How far are you from your favorite veterinarian?
"No one wants to picture themselves in a wheelchair or a walker, but the home layout must be able to accommodate limited mobility."
Sixty is the new 40, right? People are living longer and are more active in retirement, but that doesn't mean that down the road you won't need your home to be more accessible. Having to install handrails and make sure that your hallways and doorways are wide enough may be a good reason to look for a home that was built to accommodate these needs.
"Is the new home close to the golf course, or to shopping and dining? Do you have amenities within easy walking distance? This can add to home value!"
How close are you to your children and grandchildren? Would relocating to a new area make visits with family easier or more frequent? Beyond being close to your favorite stores and restaurants, there are a lot of factors to consider.
When it comes to your forever home, evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement. If after considering all these factors you find yourself curious about your options, contact a local real estate professional who can evaluate your ability to sell your house in today's market and get you into your dream retirement home!
We work hard, we get a good job, we start a family, we buy a house and then, when we're done with that house, we buy a bigger one. We accumulate wealth in our home and then pass that wealth on to our children, who will be better off than us. That's the American dream. Now let's take a closer look at some more personal reasons why we buy homes.
1. Owning your home offers you the stability to start and raise a family
Between the best neighborhoods and the best school districts, even buyers without children at the time of purchase may have these things in mind as major reasons for choosing the locations of the homes that they purchase.
2. There's no place like home
Owning your own home offers you not only safety and security, but also a comfortable place that allows you to relax after a long day!
3. You have more space for you and your family
Whether your family is expanding, an older family member is moving in, or you need to have a large backyard for your pets, you can take this all into consideration when buying your dream home!
4. You have control over renovations, updates, and style
Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments that you saw on Pinterest? Tired of paying an additional pet deposit in your apartment building? Or maybe you want to finally adopt that puppy or kitten you've seen online 100 times? Who's to say that you can't do just that in your own home?
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in your life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.