The home loan market has changed considerably from what it was just a few years ago. Areas that were thriving have now seen their property values plummet and some areas that were quietly grown are now at the center of ideal home markets. However, knowledge of certain good areas is not enough to make a good decision. With this thought in mind, we have a put together a list of tips to consider when you start looking at various homes and home markets:
1. Is Now The Right Time To Buy?
There is currently a lot of gloom and doom about the after effects of the subprime mortgage meltdown and drops in many people’s 401k accounts, not to mention the drop in the drop in many home values. However, it is quite possible many will see now as the optimum time to buy. No one can no for sure when the recession will end, but most experts predict that the best time to buy and invest is before we get out of the recession which makes now a good time to consider buying.
2. What Types of Loans To Get And Avoid.
Since there is a great deal of uncertainty in the near future, you should naturally avoid any loans offering adjustable rates. In addition, it is prudent to not get more financing than you need as equity benefits cannot be relied on in the near future. Instead, plan smart and if you do not currently have the funds available to buy conservatively, you are better suited to keep renting until these funds come available.
3. What Markets To Consider And Avoid.
Some hot home loan markets like Las Vegas and pockets of Arizona and California have cooled considerably. Part of the reason is these markets do not have a solid infrastructure to pull from. Instead, you should opt for areas that are growing in job offerings and have a stable job environment that is not overly dependent on any one job provider. This means avoid markets like Detroit where job layoffs are increasing and choose jobs in areas like Utah and Dallas where job prospects are increasing.
4. Choose locations with your plans in mind.
Choosing a location for a home can be a short term or a long term decision. If you are planning for a longer term decision, you can opt for homes that are in growth areas that are likely to rise in value. If your decision is more short term, you will be better choosing homes that are more stable and can reasonably expect to be sold in the next five years. Good tips to follow are choosing homes in low crime areas and ones that have excellent schools as these tend to always be good draws for future home buyers even if you do not have children.
By keeping tips like these in mind, you should have a greater understanding of how to navigate the home loan market.