With area rental prices on an incline, this is a great time to consider purchasing a home. The inventory of affordable homes combined with low interest rates makes it very attractive to many who may not have considered buying before now. Before you start looking at homes there are a few factors that you should consider.
Is your job secure? With all that the country has been through and is still feeling in many areas this is a major determining factor in whether buying is right for you. Home ownership continues to be a sound investment for those with a steady pay check and good credit history to make the mortgage payments and maintain or improve the condition of your home. There are many buy versus rent calculators available on the internet.
How long do you plan to live in your home? The longer you are there the more equity you are gaining by making your mortgage payments. If you anticipate being in the home for only a couple of years purchasing a home may still be in your best interest but you may not realize as large a return on your investment. (But these days where will you?!)
Are you selling a home in order to buy a new one? With the prices of the larger homes so much more affordable than a few years ago, now is a great time to be a move up buyer. You may not realize a sizable profit on the sale of your current home but you should realize a greater amount of equity when the time comes to sell the new house.
Compare your options. For renters, calculating monthly housing expenses is pretty straight forward with the monthly rent and the average utilities. To purchase a home you will need to look at a few more factors such as yearly taxes and tax incentives for owning a home. A real estate professional can help you to make that determination.