We believe very strongly in the benefits of homeownership. Over the last few weeks, we have been addressing some of the more questionable reasons people have been giving for not buying a house. Reason #1: Real Estate is no longer a good investment. Reason #2: Renters are happier than homeowners. Reason #3: Limited mobility is harmful to the country. Reason #4: Never buy a house while prices are falling. We will cover the last reason today. Dumb Reason #5: You can’t trust a real estate professional to tell you the truth. This one always gets me upset. Just because someone is in the business of helping you find your next home or helping you arrange financing doesn’t mean they will just tell you anything just to ‘get you to buy now’. Are there unscrupulous people in the real estate business? I’m sure there are. Just like there are immoral people that have become police officers, doctors and even clergy. However, most real estate and mortgage professionals are good, hardworking members of the community dedicated to helping families attain their housing goals. Are they saying that this might be the best time to buy a home in the last 50 years? The knowledgeable ones are saying just that. Why? Let’s not take their word for this. Let’s step away from the agents and loan officers and see what others are saying:
“It’s a great time to buy a home. With the real estate crash, prices are way down and mortgage rates have never been lower.”
An article U.S. News and World Report (July 2, 2010)
"It's the best time to buy a house in America.”
A CNBC article quoting John Paulson, #45 on the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest billionaires (June 25, 2010)
“We want to point out that the downside of investing in housing right now is about as low as you will ever see."
John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, in a Housing Wire article (July 7, 2010)Probably the best people to ask if buying a home makes sense are the people who currently own homes. A recent national poll commissioned by Bankrate.com found: