IS IT A GOOD BUY OR GOOD BYE?

Will the housing market cool down, level out or gain steam?

No one can say for sure what’s around the corner when it comes to the real estate market but there are steps you can take ahead of time to prepare yourself. If you’re currently considering home ownership, here are a few points to consider:

  1. Planning Makes Perfect – It’s important to plan ahead so research local amenities and consider features like parks and schools if you’re planning to start a family.
  2. Know the Numbers – Ensure you’re financially ready to buy a home. There are many other costs aside from mortgage payments so know what you’re getting yourself into.
  3. Stick to Your Budget – Examine your individual needs so that you don’t overextend yourself financially. Make a list of the features that fit your family’s lifestyle before looking at homes.
  4. Go Pro – Have a real estate agent help guide you through the entire process. Start with a market evaluation of homes that have recently sold in your area along with an analysis of community trends.
  5. Think Straight – It’s normal for home buyers to experience a full range of emotions during the complex real estate rollercoaster ride. House hunting should be fun though, so don’t take things personally or let your emotions rule every decision.
  6. Inspect the Unexpected – Just because you’ve checked over the house thoroughly doesn’t mean all’s well behind the scenes. Making an offer conditional on a home inspection will help you avoid any nasty, expensive surprises.

An uncertain real estate market can make it difficult to know whether you should hold off purchasing a home in case prices fall, or jump right in before prices skyrocket. One thing’s for sure though. The time to buy is when your budget matches your needs, so always consider your personal circumstances before making a decision. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you ever have any questions!