3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

According to a recently published Buyer Profile for 2014 compiled by the National Association of Realtors, 88% of buyers used a real estate agent to purchase their home in 2014 which is up from 69% in 2001. An experienced Realtor will help... you clearly define your goals in making a home purchase and will point out many things to consider that you likely have not even thought about. Many buyers focus on the home itself rather than the environment the home is located in. If you buy in the right environment for your family, you will have a much higher satisfaction level and will save considerable dollars by staying longer in the home. Contact us at the beginning of your home search for a personalized consultation!

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home.

There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s market:

1. 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 finances. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money:

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 the space What non-financial benefits will you and your family derive from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

When looking at future housing values, Home Price Expectation Survey provides a fair assessment. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100 experts into a single number.

Here is what the experts projected in the latest survey:

Home values will appreciate by 4% in 2015. The cumulative appreciation will be 23.5% by 2019. Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of over 15.1% by 2019.

3. 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 an increase in mortgage rates.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase by approximately one full percentage over the next twelve months.

Bottom Line...

Only you and your family can know for certain the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.

Source: Keeping Current Matters

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