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Hold Out Or Buy Now?

Aug 25, 2008
Can the financial news get any more depressing? We are being reminded constantly by the media of who bad the economy is and you may be feeling that now would be a bad time to consider buying that first home. Gas prices are at record highs and inflation continues to increase faster than our incomes and the jobs are going by the wayside every day not to mention that real estate is being pounded by adjustable rate mortgages that are beginning to reset and result in higher payments and an increase in foreclosures. With all of these things is it really a good time to buy a house? The answer is absolutely!

It is true, many will tell you that the outlook to buy a new home is grim at best and reports say that existing home sales will decrease nearly 7% this year. Additionally new home sales are decreasing about 3 times that and it is getting so desperate that some developers are offering unique and extravagant deals on homes including two for one deals. Still, if you have available funds to secure the financing this is a great time to take advantage of all the incentives and buy that first home. The housing crisis is more of a problem for the individual who needs to sell an existing home before being able to buy a new home; for the first time home buyer they avoid that and can just buy.

No funds right this minute? That is probably OK because the housing problems is expected to continue for the next 2 to 3 years and therefore you have time to prepare. There is currently and is expected to continue to be a significantly higher number of available homes than qualifying buyers. This means that the first time home buyer who has good credit and a down payment can benefit with a large choice of homes that are selling for great prices; a market view that is called the buyers market.

Buyer's Market

A large number of homes for sale, fewer people buying homes, home prices dropping continuously and interest rates not out of control yet; these are just a few incentives to buy now. Throw into the mix the deals and incentives the developers, builders and real estate agents are adding to the mix to try to move the homes and move new owners in and the tax credit from the government and how can you not buy now? Still not sure if you are ready? Ask yourself a few questions: Is your credit score in good shape or can you easily raise your score? Do you have assets that you can liquidate to get a down payment? Do you qualify for the incentives? If you answered yes to these questions you could be moving into your dream house this year. Additionally, with the buyer's market you are almost guaranteed to be able to buy more house than in years past. So stop holding out - buy now!
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years expertise in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. She contributes to various websites such as First Time Home Buyer where you can find today's mortgage rates as well as a wealth of information on getting a First Time Home Buyers Loan .
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