Today’s market has created an environment where it is a great time to be a buyer. Interest rates are still at historical lows, the job market is improving, and affordability is near generational highs.
Those with growing families and steady jobs may be asking themselves if now is the time to “move up”. To answer this question, consider these points:
1. Finances: Is your job steady and secure? Moving up can mean taking on the responsibility of a bigger monthly mortgage payment, along with higher property taxes.
2. Equity: Some buyers use the equity they have built in their current house to help fund their “move up.” Now is a good time to research the local housing market. Some neighborhoods may have experienced dramatic declines in home values, while others have maintained a healthy level. To find out how much equity you have built in your house, go to www.DonCallahan.com and generate a “market snapshot” on your home.
3. Housing Trends: Now that you have researched the local housing trends, you must ask yourself whether or not you feel comfortable making a move in your particular economic climate. Do you feel that there is a healthy balance of buyers and sellers, should you need to move and sell? As your local real estate agent, I can answer many questions pertaining to local market trends and values.
4. Family Considerations: Moving up may mean moving away from friends, family, and school districts. Be sure to take this into consideration before jumping into a life changing situation.
5. Energy: A bigger house means more energy consumption. This translates into a bigger carbon footprint, as well as a heftier monthly bill. If you are moving up, consider looking for homes that meet green standards. Energy star rated appliances, adequate insulation, and even new insulated windows can make a huge difference.
Remember, homeownership is a long-term investment. In today’s troubled market it is best to keep in mind that home values may not be at their bottom. But if you meet the financial qualifications outlined above, then a long-term investment, and a “move up” sound like a good fit! Now, have fun picking out your dream home!