It’s all over the media – home ownership is currently very affordable with interest rates below 4%! So what does this actually mean for you? How do they know what’s affordable and what’s not? “Affordability” is actually a ratio of median household income to median home prices for a given area. Currently the Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) is at a record 73%, as compared to 60% is has been at in recent years.
Of course every area is different so consulting with a local real estate expert (we just happen to know some great ones) is key. They can tell you what home prices are like in your area and compare those to your family’s income. Luckily you will probably get good news. With the rates as low as they are, buyers who have good credit (credit score at least 720) will get in on a rate under 4%. Another benefit of the market is there are less buyers so your selection will be much better, and you will have more leverage during negotiations. Sellers have probably been trying to sell their property for a while so they are more willing to make concessions to close a sale.
Don’t pass up foreclosed and short sale homes as well. This trend will be sticking around for a while because of delays from the banks. Homes that have defaulted for years are just how hitting the market. Overall if you can buy a home now, you will find better deals, lower prices, and amazing rates.
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