As we enter the 4thquarter of the year, we continue to see strong sales in real estate, low inventory levels of existing homes on the market and phenomenally low interest rates. I just got back from the RE/MAX California-Hawaii Regional meetings and all the buzz was how the market is on the rebound and how there has never been a better time to buy a home.
It was funny, as I was headed to the airport back home yesterday, the taxi driver overheard my phone conversations. When I was finally off the phone, he asked if I was in real estate. When I confirmed his suspicion, even he commented – unsolicited – that more people should be buying a home today. He had no real estate experience and he couldn’t understand why people were paying more in rent than if they were to buy under the current conditions. He even made the comment that workers at 7-11 could really buy a house today because they could actually qualify for a mortgage -not like wat was happening in the past.
We are at historically high affordability rates for home ownership which makes today a great time to be a home owner or investor. From the investor’s side of the equation, there are many people who cannot buy because of past history, some are only relocating temporarily to the area, and some are just plain old gun shy to buy because of the negative housing market over the last 5 years. Therefore, with prices down from the all-time highs but making their way up the ladder, a good renter pool, great financing options for investors – now is the time to get in the game! Home ownership is a long term investment strategy that can pay big dividends later. To learn more about becoming an investor, call us today. We would be happy to speak with you about your financial goals and objectives.