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The housing market has posted relatively good numbers over the past few years, even if the average percentages aren't exactly sensational. You may already know that we saw a decrease in growth in 2019, with housing prices rising at 3.3% compared to 2018's rise of 5%. Given the state of the economy and the trends of the past, we'll look at how 2020 is shaping up.
A Short Dip
Experts are predicting that home prices will rise 2.8% this year. So if you're getting ready to sell your home, hopefully you're seeing the cumulative effects of steadily rising prices. If your neighborhood hasn't followed the trends though or you've only recently purchased the property, there are a few more factors to take into account before putting your home on the market.
Listing & Offers
While the home prices may not be exploding, the creep is still being felt by buyers. In the average area, buyers could be dealing with a price increase of 11.1% in less than three years. This kind of influx could lead to fewer buyers, which ultimately leads to fewer offers. Prioritizing the listing and initial price of the home will have a major impact on the quality of your buyers.
Interest Rates in 2020
Rates have been dropping over the past year, going below 4% for most loans. With the average rates for a 30-year mortgage hovering around 3.7% (3.2% for a 15-year mortgage), this is good news for buyers (and sellers if they're planning to buy again too). However, if trade wars ramp up again, we could see the Federal Reserve move those rates back up, so sellers should keep an eye on the news.
The Story of Equity
As you can see, the news is still relatively good for home sellers in 2020, especially considering the relative state of debt in this country. Experts do not predict a decrease in equity for the new year, a sure sign that the economy is doing well enough to support rising home prices.
There's plenty of good news for the new year for home sellers, even if it's laced with the fear of a tumbling economy. Real estate professionals are seeing spikes nearly everywhere in the country, regardless of neighborhood. So even if you're not near the best amenities in your city or town, you may still be able to sell for the price you want. As the year progresses, keep an eye on your area, who's buying, and how prices are scaling.
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If you don’t have a lot of cash on hand to secure a home with a sizable downpayment, you might feel stuck. It’s quite a feat to be able to save up the 20 percent cost of a home that is generally required to purchase a home. Your options may seem limited when you want to own a home. There is one option that could be a good idea to consider when you’re in this situation. That’s the idea of finding a rent-to-own property.
How Does A Rent-To-Own Property Work?
First, know that these properties are hard to find. That’s why you may not have thought of it as a first option. When you do find a property like this that suits your needs, you should know all of the ins and outs before you commit to the home. The agreement works just as it sounds, but there are always a few bits of extra text that can make the difference in any agreement in a rent-to-own property.
Lease With A Purchase Option
With this type of agreement, you’ll need to pay what is called an option fee in order to give you the right to purchase the property at a later date. The seller is then required to sell the property to you as a tenant and apply the option fee to the price of purchase. If for some reason you have paid the option fee and decide to walk away from the property after a time, the money that you have paid as an option is simply lost. The option fee is usually a percentage of the purchase price ranging anywhere from 2-7 percent of the home’s price.
Lease And Purchase Agreement Rolled Into One
In this type of rent-to-own agreement, both the tenant and the seller agree on fixed purchase price for the home, or agree that a purchase price will be determined at a later date through an appraisal. Everything is set up from the beginning including the closing date for the home.
This type of deal in a rent-to-own situation is often considered the better choice. Know that a fixed price option may put you in a better financial position than an appraisal option. You’ll have instant equity in the property when you buy it. This is especially helpful in high competition markets. In any other types of market, you may be better off with an appraisal. This ensures that you don’t overpay for the house.
How Your Rent Payments Apply
Rent-to-own gives you an advantage in that you get the added benefit of rent credits. This is where a percentage of your monthly rent payment is applied to the purchase price of the home. The amount of percentage that’s applied will be agreed upon with your landlord ahead of time.
While a rent-to-own option to purchase a property can be a bit more complicated than other ways of purchasing a home, it can be a great way for people different financial situations to become home owners. Make sure you go over everything carefully before you sign anything so that you fully understand the agreement you’re entering into.