Is 2015 your year to start building equity, and stop paying rent?
A whole lot has been written about the "wealth" gap in the US, and any solution to the problem begins with home ownership. Take a look at the chart below:
This makes the case pretty clear. If you are interested in building wealth, the #1 thing young people can and should do, is become a homeowner, and pay their own mortgage ( you are already paying someone elses)
No, we aren't a financial adviser, but DO speak to one, and they'll tell you the same thing. Where else can you leverage your small investment to control a much larger appreciating asset... and pay your household expense at the same time?
When is it wise, or smart, to buy your first home? What do you need to buy your first home?
Very few people enjoy paying rent, but determining if now is your time rests on the answers to several questions:
Thinking through the next 3-5 years, do you see yourself living and happy here in Charlotte?
Are you confident in your current job and prospects that you are going to be steadilyemployed?
Have yousaved some money for a down payment? How is your credit? If it's been dinged, you can probably fix it in 6 months to a year.
If the answer to all three is yes, then now may be your time. The market is healthy, interest rates are low, and the Charlotte area has had very steady appreciation, so this all says Buy now. That is the practical side, but there are a couple other factors to consider as well.
The next step is what? Find a house or condo? NO NO No! Find your location!
I know it is tempting to go on Zillow and just start looking to see what you can get for your money... but stop, take a breath and ask yourself this question, "Where do I want to live? What are my choices, 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and why? "
Why should you start here?
You can change your house, but NOT your neighborhood.
And, appreciation is a factor of the neighborhood And the house, and you want both working for you. Last but not least, no matter how perfect the house, if you hate driving there, or you just don't like the 'hood after you move in, there just isn't anything you can do, except move. And that makes this choice a potentially expensive mistake- if it sounds like I might have done this you would be correct!
Once you know where to look, then you need to quickly find out what you can afford.
Your down payment, you need to have on hand a minimum of 3.5% of the purchase price, but preferably much more, 5,10, or 20% is better, and you receive the best rates/payment with the 20% down scenario. Once you know your down payment, we can help you figure your monthly payment on various scenarios which we'll do next time.
Call Terry McDonald at 704-390-6221 or Bobby McDonald at 704-351-0987 to get started on the path to home ownership today!
Author:Connie Massetti Phone: 704-340-5967 Dated: June 30th 2015 Views: 275 About Connie: Licensed agent assistant who coordinates with McDonald Group clients and agents during all aspects o...
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The McDonald Group at Wilkinson ERA is a group of professionals, dedicated to helping our Clients win in real estate. Expert and honest advice, local area knowledge, and seriousness of purpose but with folks who don't take themselves too seriously. The founder Terry McDonald, was a builder for 20 years, and has been a broker for the last 13 years. Buying a home or selling, first home buyer or relocating to Charlotte,the McDonald Group is here to serve. Our client list includes first home buyers to luxury homes, professional athletes, business owners and physicians. From in town to South Charlotte, Lake Norman too, we know Charlotte.
The Group's core values are all about integrity and market expertise. We look out for their clients interest above all others. We are a learning organization, and big believers in training and lifetime learning. Sellers know us for our technological savvy, our aggressive marketing, and the ability to consistently beat the averages in Days on Market. Buyers love us, we never pressure anyone, yet were able to save our Buyer clients 44% off the market average in 2013- and now that the market has changed we win more than our fair share of multiple offer situations.
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"I was living in Florida and looking to move to Charlotte area. I found Terry through the internet and explained my plans of moving to the area with my wife and kids. He was very diligent and honest in market values, location, schools, etc.. even offered advice for relocating. While I was in FL. he would send me listing meeting my criteria, he also advised for things I should be aware of that I hadn't even thought of. I eventually made my way to Charlotte and met up with him for a weekend. We nocked it out in a weekend, he had found the perfect home for me and my family. We made an offer and I went back to Fl. I thought it was going to be difficult to close while being away, but he made it happen..
I only needed to come back to sign the closing.
In 201, I was relocated to Virginia, I asked for Terry to help me rent the home while I was stationed in Virginia. He recommended an agent, It was rented out within a month and with an Incredible Tenant.
In 2014, It became apparent that I would no longer be moving back to Charlotte, I then contacted Terry to put the home up on the market in a time when it was a very difficult time to sell property, but again he made it happen. This time around, I was in Virginia the whole time.. It was difficult for me to make in back to Charlotte for any type of transaction. I trust Terry so much and am very thankful for having met him. he completed all transactions without me having to be there. Once the property closed. I received a check within weeks..
In a time when you need for things to happen and you need to trust someone unconditionally. Terry will be there.