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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

When contemplating purchasing a home, you’re sure to get plenty of advice from family and friends.  While they may have your best interest at heart, the real estate professionals at Keeping Current Matters suggest those giving their advice may not be fully aware of your needs or the state of the current real estate market.  Instead the pros at Keeping Current Matters suggest 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, we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. 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 4.3% in 2014.

The cumulative appreciation will be 28% by 2018.

Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of over 16.8% by 2018.

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.

If you’re searching for a home to purchase in Carroll County in any Maryland county, search all homes listed for sale at www.marylandproperties4sale.com

Pam Hamburg January 24, 2014 at 09:21 AM
FYI, be aware of 'sellers help'. I call it a bribe. The seller has to give the buyer a certain percentage off of the sales price, sometimes as much as 10%. This cost me $5,000 when I sold my home last year. Had it been a first time buyer, I would not have minded, but this practice is for ALL buyers. My buyers were quite wealthy and didn't need any 'sellers help', but I had to either give it or lose the deal. I don't feel it's right for sellers to have to give buyers a 'sellers' bribe)...erm, help, unless they are first timers. In fact, it's just wrong.

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