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Buying A Home In 2022

Real estate is constantly changing, and buying a home has become extremely difficult over the past few years. In 2021, property values skyrocketed, making real estate great for sellers but challenging for buyers. Experts expect the market to relax a little bit in 2022, but it’s still not the most ideal situation for many buyers. That doesn’t mean you should avoid buying all together. If you do your research and are diligent, you can certainly find your dream home. Read on to learn a little bit about buying a home in 2022.

 

Home Prices Will Keep Rising, But At A Slower Rate

Although home prices are expected to continue rising in 2022, they’ll be at a slower pace than they were in 2021. According to the National Association of Realtors, home prices are expected to increase by just 2.8% in 2022. Other experts, such as the mortgage bankers association and the housing finance company Fannie Mae, predict a more modest increase of around 7%.

 

Mortgage Rates Will Increase, But Still Be Low

Despite the expected increase in mortgage rates in 2022, the average 30-year fixed-rate remained at a historic low of 3% in 2021. It’s important to note that even if the increase is as predicted, the mortgage rates will still be fairly low.

 

According to Yun of the National Association of Realtors, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate will increase to 3.7% in the coming months. Other organizations such as The Mortgage Bankers Association or Fannie Mae believe that it will raise to 4% and 3.3%, respectively.

 

Actually Buying A Home

Knowing a bit more about the housing situation in 2022, you may decide to go ahead and start house hunting. But are you prepared? Ask yourself a few questions to be sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into.

 

Are You Financially Prepared?

No matter what the housing market is like, it’s always important that you make sure you’re financially prepared to buy a house. This means a lot more than being able to make a mortgage payment each month. You’ll want to make sure you have the money put aside for closing costs, moving costs, potential repair costs and so much more. You’ll also want to make sure you have a high enough credit score to take out a mortgage.

 

Research Neighborhoods

It’s important to research the places you’re considering moving to. You don’t want to buy a house and then find out months later that you hate the area. If you have kids, research the local school system. You may want to look at crime rates, or what the weather tends to be like in the area so you can avoid potential flood zones. These things are important to make sure you’re happy with your home in the long run.

 

Find The Right Real Estate Agent

Finding an experienced real estate agent who cares more about making their clients happy than they do making a sale is integral to finding the perfect home. Research local realtor reviews, or ask friends and loved ones for recommendations. The agent you work with can make or break the entire homebuying process.

Tips for Investing in Residential Real Estate

When investing in residential real estate, there is a multitude of factors to take into consideration. Instead of being overwhelmed, focus on three top factors, and your residential real estate investment will be off to the right start! Avvo.com defines the types of residential real estate as condominiums (privately owned units within larger buildings), townhomes (usually larger than condos but still share walls with one or two other buildings), cooperatives (units within one building where everyone living in the building owns the building together) and single-family houses (usually built on a single lot without having to share space with other dwellings.)

Location Matters – The Huffington Post suggests that when investing in residential real estate, you look for the worst house on the best street. That’s a principle you’ll come across quite a bit as you research residential real estate. “Look for proximity to major roads, public transportation, and most importantly, schools,” says Abhi Golhar, host of Real Estate Deal Talk in Atlanta.

Follow the 1% rule – The 1% rule means looking for a return greater than 1 percent per month of the sales price. An old maxim of real estate says that a rental property yielding 1 percent of the sales price per month is a good deal. In other words, if the home costs $100,000, you should get $1,000 per month in rent, or about a 12 percent annual yield.

Choose tenants wisely – Being a landlord is stressful. Landlordology.com urges that a landlord’s number one priority is to make rent the priority. This is your source of revenue. The site also suggests collecting your rent online or through a mobile source. “There is no reason for you to be collecting rent by a check in the mail. Not only is it time-consuming to go to your P.O. Box or mailbox, keep up with all the checks, and then deposit the checks, but it’s riskier. The check can bounce, and then you’ll need to pay a non-sufficient funds fee and then contact your tenant for the rent and the NSF fee. When you collect rent online, this whole process is negated, and the process is dead simple.” When choosing a tenant, choose wisely by checking their credit score, rental history, and references. Although time-consuming, it will be well worth it.

Choosing to invest in residential real estate is no small decision. However, if you follow the above tips, you will set yourself up for success and before you know it, your rental properties will become passive income.

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