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It’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage 

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

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 whether 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 it is time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Moves With A Heart – Downsizing Made Easy

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.  -Will Rodgers

Someone asked me the other day what I thought was the hardest part about selling our Wash Park house. I told them I guess it was making the decision to sell. We knew that the time was coming that we needed to decide to sell. We kept pushing the actual decision down the road. When we finally decided, the next step was cleaning out “stuff”. Even though Kathy, being the good German she is, gets rid of clutter on a regular basis, we still had lots of “stuff”. For me, my office was the biggest challenge. As an example, I had 20 years’ worth of real estate files that I was not about to move….BUT…..I needed to go through each file and make sure all my client’s sensitive information was shredded. Here is the good news for you or for someone you know who will be downsizing: Brooke and I have discovered this great little company that will come to your home, go through your “stuff” with you, help you decide what to keep and what to sell or pitch. They have the contacts that will run a sale for you if you choose. The company is “Moves with a Heart” The owners, Pat Bender and Cathy McCarnn, are terrific! They have helped a number of our clients deal with a chore that looked insurmountable.   image002 (1)