Looking at prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never be a better time to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons you should think about buying.
1. Competition is about to Increase
Every spring a surge of buyers enter the housing market. Like you, they will want the best home available in the best location at the best price. They will be competing with you for the ‘deals’ in the market. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy today that no longer be available as the market heats up.
2. Price Increases Are on the Horizon
Nationally, home prices are projected to appreciate by 4.5% in 2014 and by over 19% from now until 2018. Home buyers will probably pay more both in price and interest rate if they wait until spring.
3. Owning a Home Helps Create Family Wealth
Whether you rent or you own the home you are living in, you are paying a mortgage. Either you are paying your mortgage or your landlord’s. In a recent study, The Federal Reserve stated that the net worth of the average homeowner is 30 times greater than that of a renter.
4. Interest Rates Are Projected to Rise
The Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have all projected that the 30-year mortgage interest rate will be over 5% by the spring of 2015. That is an increase of almost 3/4 of a point over current rates.
5. Buy Low, Sell High
We want to buy at the lowest price possible and hope to sell at the highest price. Housing can create family wealth as long as we follow this simple principle. Today, real estate is selling ‘low’ compared to where it will be next year. It’s time to buy.