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I'm going out on a limb here. I was just watching NBC's Today show, and the talking head was being interviewed about the wisdom of renting versus buying.
"Much better to rent right now than to buy," he said. "The price of housing is still going down. It will cost you less to rent the same house than to buy it, and you'll be able to buy it in the future for less than today's price." He's dead wrong!
As a buyer, please know that there are problems with the talking head's assessment.
You can't rent from month to month, waiting for just the right point to buy. You'll be signing a one year lease. If there's the possibility that the market turns around during the term of your lease, you have the unattractive option of either trashing your credit by breaking the lease, or paying a boatload of money to get out.
The attractive rent offered on that home you're considering may have something to do with the landlord facing foreclosure because he can't pay the mortgage. If that happens during your lease, you're out of luck. Oops! Sorry, but you'll have to move; we're (the bank) selling this home.
The price of SOME houses may be going down. The price of the house you want may actually be going the other way. Real estate is different from "housing." It's a local thing, not national.
In my humble opinion, the talking head's agenda has nothing to do with what's in your best interest. He's spouting "wisdom" to further all that's in HIS best interest. Visibility, getting on talk shows, and so forth.
Your 3 Step Plan for buying your next home:
It's in your best interest to get with a real estate agent you know and trust.
Ask him or her to put you in touch with a mortgage broker they know and trust (not three cards, and "it's all good.")
Comb the market for the neighborhood where you want to live. Offer, negotiate, and sign a contract to buy your house now, while the market is good, and pricing on mortgage loans is even better.
You'll be glad you didn't listen to the talking head on NBC.
And that's the real estate opinion of this Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender,
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