Q: I’m a first-time home buyer. Is it best to wait, keep renting, and hope that prices will get even lower?
A: If you continue to wait, you may never be able to afford to get into the housing market. Even as home prices are currently moderating or falling, depending on where you live, rents continue to climb. When you buy a home, you are also purchasing price stability, knowing that you will pay the same monthly payment for the life of your 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage.
Once you become a home owner, you are able to take advantage of the tax deductions that homeownership offers, and you begin to build equity in your property.
With so many homes on the market to choose from, your best strategy may be to scale back expectations for your dream starter-home. After a few years, you can use those equity gains to sell your starter home and move into a bigger house. The sooner you make the jump from renter to home owner, the quicker you begin to create and build up wealth for your family.