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Why it's become easier to buy real estate

Topic: Home buying

What do you think about the opportunity to buy real estate? Home ownership is one of the dreams which millions, if not billions, of people all over the globe have in common, and those who do decide to buy real estate are, in all probability, making the biggest monetary expenditure of their lives.

People may save for years just to get the down payment to buy real estate, and then will have to be responsible for paying off their mortgages. Deciding to buy real estate requires the confidence to know that the property you are purchasing is likely to increase in value, and that you will be able to maintain it and to stay current on your monthly payments.

In today's real estate market, most of those choosing to buy real estate for the first time are in their late twenties, an age significantly less than the average of forty just a generation ago. But this difference, when seen in the light of current economic trends, is really not very surprising.

Higher Personal Income

As interest rates have gone down, personal income has risen, so the cost of home ownership as a percentage of a homebuyer's annual income is now at its lowest point in decades. Currently the full price a home will average about four years of a prospective buyer's salary, as opposed to the seven to nine years in years past.

Lower Interest Rates

Annual mortgage interest rates, which had been as high as fifteen percent at their peak, average around seven percent today. This means that those with higher incomes than before are also now benefiting from lower monthly installments on their home loans. With lower interest rates, those purchasing homes can now afford to buy real estate far more expensive than they could have purchased in years past.

Easier Loan Procedures

Banks and lending institutions have relaxed some of their loan procedures, and are now issuing home loans with competitive terms ranging from five to twenty years. There are even, for the creditworthy, reproved loans to buy real estate, but they do require an excellent credit record.

The person wanting to buy real estate can have the loan within a week after the lender's has analyzed the loan application, and looked at the appraisal of the property being purchased.

In recent years, many of those who had formerly chosen to rent their homes are being confronted with consistently rising monthly rents, as their landlords try to compensate for rising utilities, taxes, and insurance costs. The value of real estate almost always increases through the years, but still more and more renters are finding that what they pay in rent would entitle them to buy real estate.


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