THINGS ARE HOPPING......
Spring is almost here on Cape Cod, being surrounded by still chilled water it takes awhile for our temperature to warm up. I have put away the snow shovel, the Osprey's are returning to build their nests, I check a few of the nesting areas as I drive along the coast on my way to Falmouth, MA where I List and Sell Real Estate. (www.peterhawley.com)
Not only do we have flowers appearing after a long winter, we also have many Buyers out and about every weekend, reviewing Open Houses. There is no question, there is high interest to get into the market, and there are some very attractive investments, but still many lack confidence that this is the right time to move forward. "We don't know what to do." is repeated over and over again.
The fact is that there has been some price stabilization, there are many properties that continue to be over priced, and the market is not going to roar back. It is all about perception and the motivation to actually buy something. 1. If you have a 5 year plus time line to use and stay in a property, it is time to BUY. 2. Interest rates are at historical lows making it time to BUY. 3. High inventory offers more choices more negotiating opportunity and it is time to BUY. 4. Combing new Tax Credits, which range from $8,000 for first time Home Buyers to 30% of the cost for a wood stove (total tax credit does have some limits) makes it time to BUY.
How to finally make the decision to move forward is difficult and my first suggestion is to crunch the numbers. What is your present debt level and when can you reduce or eliminate that debt? What is your credit score, and if it is low, what do you need to do to raise it so you can get the better interest rate offered? What is your cash reserve that will allow for a Down Payment, one year prepaid Home Insurance, Appraisal Fees, and Closing Costs? Have you sat down with a mortgage advisor and understand these costs? (www.conwayfinancial.com ) It is about the money, and if your first decision is to address the money, understand the money, work to accumulate the money, then you will be able to make many more choices, you will have the confidence to BUY.
The old Real Estate quote, "One must be READY, WILLING and ABLE to Buy", continues to ring true. Understand your money and you will be, READY, and ABLE, and when you investigate the present Buying opportunities, you will be WILLING to BUY.
I would love to meet with you, assist in crunching the numbers, review what you can afford that is available in the market, negotiate a successful outcome, so you can Hop right into your new home. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org