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Why Postponing Your Lake Oconee Home Purchase Could Result in Higher Costs

Thursday, Feb 22, 2024  |  Harbor Club  |  Latest News

By Kathy Phillips

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Hello, friends and neighbors!

There’s a hot topic making the rounds in real estate circles: the impact of rising interest rates on homebuyers. It’s an important conversation to have, especially here at Lake Oconee, where the housing market is buzzing with activity. I would like to shed some light on the cost of waiting when it comes to purchasing your dream home and invite you to connect to discuss your real estate needs further.

In our vibrant real estate market, the importance of timing cannot be overstated. Housing prices in the United States have steadily increased each year, maintaining an average annual growth rate of approximately 3% to 5% over the long term. The decision of when to buy can significantly impact your financial future. The restricted availability of homes adds pricing pressure, contributing to the continual rise in housing costs within our region. If you are waiting for an interest rate drop, you can bet a lot of other folks are too…so what does that mean? Available home inventory drops, and you are competing for homes that are quickly getting gobbled up. Buying now gives you more choices of home options. So don’t delay.

Sure, it might be tempting to hold off, hoping for a more favorable market or lower interest rates, but here’s the thing: buying now, even with today’s rates at a pre-COVID level, could be a smart move. While rates in recent years have been phenomenal, many of us can remember when rates were between 9 to 14 percent. Today’s rates offer an excellent opportunity to lock in mortgages at historically low levels.

Despite the allure of waiting for better rates or market conditions, delaying your dream home purchase could come with a hefty price tag. Analysts project that housing prices are on the rise, which means that postponing your decision to buy might mean paying more for the same property down the line. And let’s face it, that could push your dream home further out of reach.

Buying now means securing a fixed monthly payment, providing stability and predictability amidst market fluctuations. What’s more, homeownership brings its own set of financial benefits. The equity you build in your home serves as a hedge against inflation and market volatility, offering long-term security and potential appreciation. It’s not a matter of if an opportunity will emerge in the future to refinance, but when – keep that in mind.

So, while waiting might seem like a safe bet, the reality is that the cost of delaying your home purchase in Lake Oconee could far outweigh the benefits. Now is an opportune time to take the leap into homeownership and secure your slice of paradise at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee.

Curious to learn more? Reach out to me anytime—I’m here to guide you through the ever-changing real estate landscape and help you make the best decision for your future.