4 SIGNALS IT MIGHT BE TIME TO BUY (VS. RENT) YOUR HOME (PART 2)

Rising rents at a time when the prices of homes for sale are low and, in some places, falling?


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Rents are going up. Rental rates in many areas are also on the rise – in fact, the foreclosure crisis has created additional demand on many markets’ rental housing inventory in several different ways. First, former homeowners who lost homes to foreclosure now need to rent; as well, buyers in foreclosure hot spots have been hesitant to buy, many electing to stay renters far beyond when they would have otherwise. On top of all that, super-tight lending guidelines have stopped even some who would like to buy homes from doing so. As a result, rental homes are in high demand – and rents are rising.

Rising rents at a time when the prices of homes for sale are low and, in some places, falling? One more signal that now might just be the time to buy. (Of course, where foreclosures are high, the chances of continued depreciation are, too – to offset this risk, have a long-term plan, to minimize the possibility that you’ll owe more than your home is worth when you need to sell)

Tomorrow, you’ll see how to plan for the long term and minimize your homebuying risk.

CHECK IN TOMORROW FOR SIGNAL #3

Author~Connie Cooper

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