3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your Dream Home...
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.
Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.
Why am I buying a home in the first place?
This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.
For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”
This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons people buy a home have little to do with money. They are:
- A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
- A place where you and your family feel safe
- More space for you and your family
- Control (of your space AND your monthly payment) - ability to customize it and "make it your own", and to have a predictable monthly payment and not depend on the whims of the rental market
What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.
Where are home values headed?
Real estate is cyclical. Home prices may go up or down as the economy expands or contracts. However, in the last 50 years, homes in the U.S. have appreciated 3%-4% average per year.
Where are mortgage interest rates headed?
A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all project future interest rates for the next 2-3 years.
Only you and your family will know for certain if now is the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.
When the time is right for you and your family to make your next (or first!) home purchase, we are happy to help! 843-900-0155.