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Homesnap found that American homeowners will spend an average of 25.1% of their monthly income on their housing while renters will spend 37.9%

Despite high home prices, putting off a purchase to wait for a better deal may not be the best idea after all. Long-term, owning is more affordable than renting almost anywhere in the country, according to a new report released by home search platform Homesnap.

Looking at factors like the average monthly wages, monthly rents, monthly rental insurance payments and median home values, Homesnap has found that owning is more affordable than renting in 94.39 percent of cities in the United States.

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Paying Someone Else’s Mortgage vs. Your Own

With interest rates at historical lows, it may be a good time to start paying your own mortgage down instead of someone else’s.

As reported by CoreLogic, (the leading provider of property insights and solutions)

2019 Saw the Fastest Annual Rent Appreciation Since 2016 US Single-Family Rents Up 2.9% Year Over Year in December.

Read the full CoreLogic article here

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Low rental home inventory, relative to demand, fuels the growth of single-family rent prices. The SFRI shows single-family rent prices have climbed between 2010 and 2019. However, overall year-over-year rent price increases have slowed since February 2016, when they peaked at 4.2%, and have stabilized at around 3% since early 2019. – CoreLogic


Prepared Clients Are The Most Successful Clients

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As the article published in Inman suggests, there are more that a few ways a buyer can sabotage their own home purchase.

Buyers sometimes can potentially sabotage a home purchase? Some factors to be aware of…: – You can read the full article here

  • Having unrealistic expectations – Balancing market realities with the price point that they can afford is important.
  • Hesitating – There is often a short window to pull the trigger when buyers come across “the one,” especially if it has just hit the market.
  • Making low-ball offers -Buyers risk alienating the seller, leaving the door open for other offers and, perhaps, losing out on what they want.
  • Being inflexible – The ability to adapt and function from a position of give-and-take is a must.

My clients illustrate success when one is realistic, stays within budget, is ready and willing to act quickly, then can make an offer based on market conditions and information shared about the seller’s priorities. Such clients  were able to close on exactly what they were searching for without compromise. ….and $50,000 below asking price.


Real Estate Market Conditions Are Optimal Right Now For Home Buyers To Wield Their Increased Buying Power

This is a good time to use your increased buying power. The majority of buyers are occupied with holiday preparations and family gatherings. This means competition is lower when writing offers for a pre-Spring move-in date.

Although home prices were up 5.7% in the last year, according to First American, this is balanced by low interest rates and increasing wages. 

Concerned about the reports on inventory levels? This is another reason to combine the recourses available to you to navigate the process. Not only Searching on the internet, but more important working with a real estate professional and the network they have built will help ensure your success.