Interest rates are still at historic lows (for those with excellent credit). Home prices are extremely affordable when compared to area median incomes. There is a large supply of homes available in most markets (more homes to choose from and buyer advantage at negotiations).
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But the questions remains. Are you ready to buy?
Answer this questions to see if you are ready
1. What is your credit score?
(a) less than 620
(b) between 730 and 850
(c) between 620 and 730.
2. Do you have cash for a 3.5 or 20 percent down payment?
(a) how much?
(c) not yet
3. Do you have cash totaling an 6 to 8 month emergency fund?
(a) I live month to month
(b) we have funds to cover 8 months of expenses
(c) we only have savings to cover a few months
4. Have you been pre-approved for a mortgage?
(a) I figured I’d find the house I like first
(b) Yes, and I have a copy of the letter
(c) I don't know where to apply
5. Is your job?
(a) temporary, part-time
(b) full-time and secure
(c) full-time, but our company might experiencing lay-offs
6. Do you plan on staying in your current city for the next 3 to 5 years?
(a) I won’t be here for that long
(b) Yes, most definitely
(c) I’m not sure
7. Have you worked on home buying budget?
(a) I don’t have time to do frivolous budgets
(b) I have a spreadsheet showing different scenarios
(c) I’ve worked up a few, but haven’t spent much time.
8. How much space do you need?
(a) I want a mansion. I’ll take nothing less
(b) We know within about 500 square feet
(c) we’ve given it some thought, but aren’t sure
9. Are you and your spouse or partner on the same page?
(a) it’s my way or the highway
(b) we’ve had several lengthy discussions and agree on most points
(c) we’ve talked, but have very different ideas
10. Why do you want to buy?
(a) I want a place i can show off
(b) I want stability for my family
(c) I want to be able to decorate like I want!
Home ownership is a big financial responsibility, Anemployment rate is 7.4 in California as of June, 2014, compared to what is was back in September 2010, it’s important that you have funds in place to take care of yourself and your family before you you buy.
If you answered mostly a’s, then our experts recommend you take some time to get your finances clean before proceeding.
If you answered mostly b’c, congratulations! You sound like a prime candidate for home ownership
If you answered mostly c’s, you are very close to being ready to buy.Check your credit report and fix any errors. Talk to banks and lenders and see what rates you qualify for.
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