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The Deal of the Century??

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The Deal of the Century?? | Simplifying The Market Recently, Freddie Mac published a blog post titled Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century. They explained that, if you are planning to purchase a home, now may be the time:
“If you are in the market to buy a home, today's average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971.”
And they let their readers know that there is no guarantee that rates will remain this low:
“Over the past few years, we've enjoyed a long run of historically low mortgage rates. While no one expects them to change dramatically overnight, they are expected to head up. Most experts agree that mortgage rates will drift up in the coming months to end the year approaching 4.50%... Buying a home is a big investment – perhaps the biggest one you'll make in your life. So, it's important to be sure you are ready to make that purchase. If you are ready, today's rates are not to be missed.”
The article went on to calculate what the principal and interest payment would be based on a $200,000 fully amortizing mortgage at different times in history. Mortgage Payments | Simplifying The Market

Here is a look at rates over the decades:

Historic Mortgage Rates | Simplifying The Market

Here is a look at rates over the last four years and what Freddie Mac projects for next year:

30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or looking to move up to your dream home, now may be the time to do it.
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This Advice on Homeownership Hasn’t Changed in 200 Years

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This Advice on Homeownership Hasn’t Changed in 200 Years | Simplifying The Market Last month, we reported that billionaire John Paulson believes in the financial advantages of homeownership. He has often repeated:
"I think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you're the owner-occupier of.”
However, he has not been the only billionaire to give such advice. As a matter of fact, that same advice has been given by people of wealth throughout the history of our nation. Here is a quote often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States and billionaire real estate developer:
“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate … adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.”
Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest entrepreneurs in American history said:
“90% of all millionaires became so through owning real estate.”

Bottom Line

If the same advice has been given by the wealthiest people in each era of our country’s history, perhaps we should take it.
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There’s No Place Like Home

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There's No Place Like Home | Simplifying The Market Last week, we reported on the financial reasons purchasing a home in today’s market makes sense. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership. The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by respondents were not financial.

1. It means having a good place to raise children & provide them with a good education

From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchasing their home, may have this in the back of their mind as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase.

2. You have a physical structure where you & your family feel safe

It is no surprise that having a place to call home with all that means in comfort and security is the #2 reason.

3. It allows you to have more space for your family

Whether your family is expanding, or an older family member is moving in, having a home that fits your needs is a close third on the list.

4. It gives you control over what you do with your living space, like renovations and updates

Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments that you saw on Pinterest? Want to finally adopt that puppy or kitten you’ve seen online 100 times? Who’s to say that you can’t in your own home? The 5th reason on the list, is the #1 financial reason to buy a home as seen by respondents:

5. Owning a home is a good way to build up wealth that can be passed along to my family

Either way you are paying a mortgage. Why not lock in your housing expense now with an investment that will build equity that you can borrow against in the future?

Bottom Line

Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in their life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.
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