I understand that buying a home is one of the greatest financial and emotional investments you will make.

Take these four easy steps to get started:
Buyer's Guide

Your first step is to gain an understanding of some of the important strategies needed for finding your ideal home. Start by downloading the John L. Scott® Buyer's Guide.

Key concepts include: Understanding Location, the Backlog of Buyers (your competition) and being Buyer Ready, Day One.

 
Receive Instant Notifications for New Listings

Get new listings delivered to you as soon as they hit the market with Property Tracker®. Receive notifications for newly listed properties and status changes. Save Searches, rate your favorites, and keep notes!

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GPS Home Search App
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Search fast, save favorites, and inquire about any listing on the market directly through the app. No more driving around pulling flyers to find out if a listing is actively on the market, pending, or sold.

 
Get expert advice from a John L. Scott® Specialist

When you are ready, let me guide you through the home buying process.

Buyer's Guide

Your first step is to gain an understanding of some of the important strategies needed for finding your ideal home. Start by downloading the John L. Scott® Buyer's Guide.

Key concepts include: Understanding Location, the Backlog of Buyers (your competition) and being Buyer Ready, Day One.

 
Receive Instant Notifications for New Listings

Get new listings delivered to you as soon as they hit the market with Property Tracker®. Receive notifications for newly listed properties and status changes. Save Searches, rate your favorites, and keep notes!

Download the John L. Scott®
GPS Home Search App
Now with over 200,000 downloads!

Search fast, save favorites, and inquire about any listing on the market directly through the app. No more driving around pulling flyers to find out if a listing is actively on the market, pending, or sold.

 
Get expert advice from a John L. Scott® Specialist

When you are ready, let me guide you through the home buying process.

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home

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

Ask yourself the following three questions to help determine if now is a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

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

This is truly 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 study by realtor.com found that “73% said buying in a good school district was “important” in their search.

This report supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the top four reasons Americans buy a home have nothing to do with money. The actual reasons are:

  • A good place to raise children and provide them with 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 Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median price of homes sold in February (the latest data available) was $249,500. This is up 3.6% from last year. The increase also marks the 84th consecutive month with year-over-year gains.

Looking at home prices year over year, CoreLogic is forecasting an increase of 4.6%. In other words, a home that costs you $250,000 today will cost you an additional $11,500 if you wait until next year to buy it.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, with prices increasing, it may cost you more if you wait until next year to buy. Your down payment will also need to be higher in order to account for the higher price of the home you wish to buy.

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.

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and NAR have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months, as you can see in the chart below:

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home | MyKCM

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.