Should you buy or build a home – this is a question many home buyers are contemplating. According to Walter Molony of the National Association of Realtors, there is a big price difference between buying an existing home and building a new one. The main advantage to having a home built is that you can customize it, but financially, buying an existing home is often the better financial choice. Building a home is also an lengthy process that requires a lot of work on the part of the buyer What would be the advantages of buying an existing home?
There is nothing wrong with building your new home but be aware that is it is long process that can be a lot of work and end up costing a lot of money, it is not a decision that should be made lightly.
Although mortgage rates are at their lowest point in at least 40 years and the current 30 year rate is at about half of the historical average are loan rates boosting the home market? These low rates are helping to jump start the housing market but there a few problems that are still keeping the market from coming back in full force.
Overall the market is up and is continuing an upward trend but it will take time for everything to be back in balance.
If you are thinking about buying a home one of the first things you need to do is check on and perhaps improve your credit score. Whether or not you can get financing and what kind of financing you can get depend a lot on your credit score. If you score is not up to par you will need some time to work on it before you can get pre-qualified for a mortgage which also has to be done before you can buy a home. (more…)
I am often asked what is HomePath? The HomePath sign is appearing in the windows of homes or on for sale signs but many people don’t know what this is. HomePath is financing offered by Fannie Mae as a home renovation loan and is available on Fannie Mae foreclosures. It is not the same as an FHA 203K loan. (more…)