Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Themselves

Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Themselves

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Answering the following 3 questions will help you determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”

This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons why people buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space
  • What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home values are projected to increase by 5.3% over the next 12 months.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, if you are planning on buying a home that costs $250,000 today, that same home will cost you an additional $13,250 if you wait till next year. Your down payment will need to be higher as well to account for the higher home price.

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months as you can see in the chart below:
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Bottom Line

Only you and your family will know for certain if now is the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.



Kim Suwa

HEAD OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Kim has served in many positions with our company and works diligently to answer any questions that you may have. Her proficient and vast set of skills is unique in that she is highly qualified in all areas of Leasing and Property Management. Kim gracefully manages all the accounting staff and functions, including coordinating rental tax, owner disbursements, move out accounting, trust account reconciliation, human resources and oversees all lease renewals for Amy Home Sales and Clear Property Management to ensure that our occupancy rate is maintained at the highest level.

Kim has an incomparable ability to solve problems and is meticulous about maintaining perfection. Should you ever have a question about anything, please let her know.

Anne Trear

BUYER'S AGENT

CalDRE: #02096043

626.428.0656
anne.trear@theagencyre.com

Anne Trear brings a passion for real estate and commitment to her clients to The Agency Pasadena, teaming up with Amy Weber as a buyer’s agent. She focuses on creatively finding solutions for her clients, embracing the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a wide range of people, all while helping them make one of the most important decisions of their lives; she feels fortunate to get to be a part of such a monumental moment. She thrives in the exciting, fast-paced environment of real estate, where everyday is engaging and different.

Anne’s experience as a bartender and trail guide at an equestrian center have given her the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, each bringing their own passions, emotions, and personalities to the table. She leverages this insight in her real estate career, always seeking to fully understand her clients–their desires, dreams, and needs—so she can best serve them. Enthusiastic, and motivated, Anne values honesty and integrity; her work ethic and hustle speak to her dedication to making sure her clients are completely taken care of every step of the way.

When she’s not serving her clients, she spends her time volunteering at The Union Rescue Mission and exploring her community.

Amy Weber

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL SALES

CalDRE: #01946366

818.568.4243
amy.weber@theagencyre.com

Amy Weber brings The Agency a wealth of real estate experience and a keen competitive drive. After finding success investing in properties herself, Amy gained extensive knowledge of the industry before becoming an agent. She is an accredited home stager, broker associate and E-Pro Real Estate Agent as well as a Certified Real Estate specialist (CRS), a Buyer’s Real Estate Specialist (BRS), a Senior Real Estate pro (SRES) and Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES).

A former actress, talent agency owner and veteran of the WWE, Amy is no stranger to the rigors of competition. She is a tireless champion for her clients and understands the importance of standing out in a crowded field. To help attract potential buyers to her properties, Amy calls upon her highly skilled network of photographers and drone video operators, who work to put each home in its best light. Amy has received numerous acknowledgements from past clients praising her polished performance and talent for closing deals. She currently specializes in the Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada, La Crescenta and Montrose neighborhoods.

In her free time, Amy loves cooking, reading, volunteering with the ASPCA and spending time with her twins, Madison and Levi.

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