Buying your first home inBeaverton, Oregon, is a tough decision. I get asked, allthe time, by first time home buyers, “Should we buy now or wait?” I say, “DON’T WAIT!” The reason Isay this to these people is because right now you have interest rates that areat an all time low. You have many homes that are priced 25% less than they werejust a year ago, and last but not least, the government wants to pay you $8,000 to buy your first home.
Let’s breakdown these three reasons:
1. Right now we have interest rates hovering around 5.5%. If you look at homes from 1970-1990 you had an average interest rate of around 10%. At some points, in the late seventies and early eighties, those interest rates hit the 20% mark!
With all the talk of inflation happening in the news that interest rate could rise at anytime and may, one day, go back into the teens and we may never get back to the rates that we are seeing today. Combine this with down payment requirements, on most loans, that are as low as 3.5%, and you can find quite the deal. There are also still 100% loans out there if you, or the home, qualify for them.
2. A year ago homes were, on average, 25% more expensive than they are today. That is like me selling you a one hundred dollar bill for $75! You wouldn’t hesitate on buying that, would you?
3. Now, the government is offering you an $8,000 tax credit for buying that first home. You just can’t go wrong with the government telling you to stop paying rent and actually paying you to do it!
So, if you are in the market for your first home, call me. I would love to sit down with you and go over the process of buying a home, from Earnest Money to Inspection to Closing.