Fences aren't the most comfortable places to sit!
We all know that in today's turbulent market a great deal and an opportunity often slips through the potential buyers fingers simply due to fear. Fear of the unkown's in the economy, fear in the housing market, fear in the lending market and that is a lot to process, especially if you are someone who dwells on fear.
Fear is the exact opposite of Hope and Faith. Fear tells you the worst in any and every scenario and if you dwell on that and believe it, it may cost you great, once in a lifetime, opportunities!
I am not immune to the market, I understand how the fed and bank regulations have severely hindered our recovery, I get the fact that unemployment is high and I also get the fact our country is deep in debt. What I dont understand is why that plays a role in your decision to find a nice and affordable place to live?
With all the things going on I just mentioned we still need...
- a place to live
- we still need food to eat
- we still need clothing
- we still need transportation
So why is it that when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, many don't give that a second thought about it or if they have a fun event planned they can go out and buy clothes, they don't need or may not wear again, or even the shiny new car that is nice and appealing but is not a necessity (provided your current one runs fine) but when it comes to housing its almost there is a paradigm shift?
This is your home! Its not some penny stock you are buying to resell later today or next week. FACT: Most people live in their homes for 7yrs+! That's almost 10% of the average life span! When you remove the first 20yrs living in your parents home and then getting into the workplace and preparing for your life in the real world you are now closer to 15-20% of your life in that home but we treat it similar to the day trading actions of penny stocks? The decision should be on what you like, what you can afford, what location you want and what amenities you want but many times its almost solely based on whats it going to be worth tomorrow??? WHO CARES YOU ARE NOT SELLING TOMORROW! The concern or focus should be...
- Do I like this home
- is it in a good location
- are the schools good here
- Does this fit our lifestyle and budget
- Whats the estimated value 7yrs from now (not tomorrow)
- Do I get any additional benefits from owning
- How nice will it be to not have neighbors below me, above me and beside me!
There are SOOO many benefits to home ownership, that it FAR outweighs paying someone elses mortgage (if you don't have to). When you combine the great deals in the market and add to that 60yr low interest rates you have the most affordable housing market in over 50yrs and that alone should make buyers flock to the market in droves not trickle in with fear based mentality.
Don't get hung up on the small stuff. When you find a home you love and its affordable and you can qualify you are doing you and your family a HUGE favor taking advantage of the opportunity while it is available and it wont be this good for long that you can take to the bank!