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Higher Interest Rates

12 Tips to Adapt

  1. Shop around for the best rates. Not all banks are offering the exact same rates.
  2. Improve your credit score which could impact the rate. Talk to a consultant you can help  put a plan together for you.
  3. Lower your budget. Instead of buying that $1 million home, look at one  selling for less.
  4. Focus on the monthly payments....what are HOA fees? Real estate taxes? Operational costs? Insurance? Sometimes a higher priced property costs less to service financially than a lesser priced property.
  5. Seek out properties where the asking price may be more negotiable. Some sellers are more negotiable than others. Some have reduced prices. While most seek a windfall, others are being more pragmatic.
  6. Increase your down payment if you can. Are you getting 7% for your cash? That money offsetting a borrowing cost of 7% may be wiser....
  7. Timing markets is usually unreliable. When rates come down you can always re-finance, but chances are when that happens home prices will go up as more buyers usually enter the markets.
  8. Adjust your living budgets: could you cut something from your overall living budget to add more money to service a mortgage?
  9. Place offers. You never know. We are in times of uncertainty and some sellers who have owned their homes for a long time don't have the same cost basis as those who bought in the past 3 years. Most people sell after 10 years of ownership: pricing in 2013 was a lot lower!
  10. Ask for owner financing: sellers with more equity could see value in doing this. Seller financing can be used to avoid taxes in some circumstances,
  11. Take a closer look at fixer-uppers: most pay a huge premium for move-in brand new. Yes, it's easier and quicker. But sometimes doing the work yourself creates value at time of purchase.
  12. Even in times of uncertainty every month you pay rent is a month less of equity building and a lost tax deduction. Rents can come down, but over time are very closely tied to inflation. If inflation averages 2% over the next decade, a $4,000 rent payment today may be $4,875/ month 10 years from now.

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I’ve been a top-producing agent for ten years now, focused on Marin and the East Bay, two areas I love and know well. Clients can count on my market expertise, persistence, and diligent follow-through.
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