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    How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

    Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated. You may have to take personal or professional considerations into account, and only you can judge what impact those factors should have on your desire to move.

    However, there’s one category that provides a simple answer. When deciding to buy now or wait until next year, the financial aspect of the purchase is easy to evaluate. You just need to ask yourself two questions:

    1. Do I think home values will be higher a year from now?
    2. Do I think mortgage rates will be higher a year from now?

    From a purely financial standpoint, if the answer is ‘yes’ to either question, you should strongly consider buying now. If the answer to both questions is ‘yes,’ you should definitely buy now.

    Nobody can guarantee what home values or mortgage rates will be by the end of this year. The experts, however, seem certain the answer to both questions above is a resounding ‘yes.’ Mortgage rates are expected to rise and home values are expected to appreciate rather nicely.

    What does this mean to you?

    Let’s look at how waiting would impact your financial situation. Here are the assumptions made for this example:

    • The experts are right – mortgage rates will be 3.18% at the end of the year
    • The experts are right – home values will appreciate by 5.9%
    • You want to buy a home valued at $350,000 today
    • You decide on a 10% down payment

    How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? | MyKCMHere’s the financial impact of waiting:

    • You pay an extra $20,650 for the house
    • You need an additional $2,065 for a down payment
    • You pay an extra $116/month in your mortgage payment ($1,392 additional per year)
    • You don’t gain the $20,650 increase in wealth through equity build-up

    Bottom Line

    There are many things to consider when buying a home. However, from a purely financial aspect, if you find a home that meets your needs, buying now makes much more sense than buying next year.

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    Danny Cheung

    I spent almost thirty (30) years with the Department of Defense in hardware/software design, development, operations, maintenance, and program manager before joining the Group in a full-time capacity. I am thrilled to put my years of experience as an Electronics Engineer and Program Manager to assist and lead our Real Estate Group to the next level. I am committed to establishing the tools and resources necessary for our team members to work more seamlessly and effectively, thus ensuring our clients' satisfaction. My wife and I have two daughters and a dog (he’s more like our son). I enjoy traveling and watching sports, especially football…Go Skins!

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