Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Families that have imagined becoming homeowners and also have wondered when to purchase a house are finding that this could be the perfect time. Mortgage companies are providing favorable terms on properties which are undervalued. Buying a house has gotten easier too, with banks seeing a rise in mortgage applications. And, with predictions of market recovery, a house purchased right now could see a great roi.
Housing costs are more than half what they've experienced the last decade. Experts predict a recovery in the housing market. And when the marketplace bounces back, prices will rise quickly. If there is ever a time to buy a home, this is it. Rates of interest as also low at this time as well.
Of course, it all depends upon location. The nation's Association of Realtors are convinced that homes in certain regions of the U.S. are depreciating much more than in the areas. It is probably time to buy a house in places such as the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area where costs are down about 20 %, although not so much in places like Buffalo-Niagara Falls where the prices have increased 10.8 percent.
Some projections state that this trend will continue and home values continues to fall 'till the end of 2012. Others the market continues to stay down until 2014. Even with this uncertainty, when to purchase a house also depends on mortgage rates, which aren't expected to stay this low for too long. In fact, the Mortgage Bankers Association forecasts home loan rates will be near to 6 % towards the end of 2012. So from a lending standpoint, this can be the optimal time for you to buy.
Other factors should be considered as you decide when to purchase a house. Are you planning to stay in the same geographic area for the next 3-5 years to be able to obtain a good return on your investment if you need to sell? Have you got a secure job? The average family pays 12% of their monthly income in mortgage repayments. And, the downward economy had led to rising rent costs as a result of record occupancy rate in apartment complexes. The cost of rent are required to climb 3-4.5% this season. In certain areas, rents are greater than monthly mortgage repayments. In those cases, it's easier to determine if when you should buy a home is now.