February 6th, 2013 9:37 PM by Sam Kader
If you are unsure of buying a house this year, let me try to convince you that the time is right NOW:
1) Mortgage Interest Rates are on the RiseThe trend is now on the uptick. All of the technical, fundamental, and economic indicators point to mortgage rates moving up in 2013. All likelihood is that we have seen the best rates already, and waiting is not going to bring them back.2) Rents are Continuing to SkyrocketRecently, Zillow reported that rents increased in the U.S. by 4.2% over the last year. When compared side-by-side, the costs of owning vs. renting a home easily show the benefits of home ownership. 3) Prices are on the RiseHome prices in most markets are stabilized, and even starting to increase. This will be hampered slightly with the over cautious approach of appraisers and lenders, but the trend is still showing prices beginning to rise. The level of inventory is the lowest since 2006. Homeowners can't list because their properties are under water. Thus, many are staying put and wait it out resulting in low inventory.
4) Mortgage Guidelines Will Continue to TightenWith government intervention added to an already overzealous underwriting standard, we are poised to see it become even more difficult for the average buyer to qualify for a home loan. 5) FHA Loans To Become Much More ExpensiveStarting with FHA Case Numbers pulled on or after June 3rd, 2013, FHA will increase the annual mortgage insurance, making these loans much more expensive for the consumer. You can read the FHA Mortgagee Letter yourself HERE.