Advice for California Renters Priced Out of Homebuying

BY: Jason Whigham
July 23, 2022

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It’s okay to step back if you feel the current housing market is a disaster. Catalina Franco Cicero is a certified financial adviser with Tobias Financial Advisors in Plantation, Florida. She says that if it doesn’t feel right, then step back and give yourself some breathing room. This is okay. “But stepping back doesn’t mean giving up. “One thing we tell people with any goal that you have is that there’s a big difference between ‘no’ and ‘not yet,'” says Nathaniel Moore, a certified financial planner and president of Agape Planning Partners in Fresno, California. Strengthen your finances view the break as an opportunity to get your finances in even better shape.Budget like a homeownerUse a mortgage calculator to estimate a monthly mortgage payment, including estimated property taxes and home insurance. Moore recommends adding utilities to the monthly mortgage and 20% for unexpected repairs or maintenance. Add the rent payment to this amount and then put the remainder in a high-yield savings account. Moore claims that this will prevent sticker shock, and that you won’t be cash-strapped because you didn’t account for other expenses.

You want smooth transition from the ‘renter’ to homeowner. The baton will be dropped if you don’t want to move into the house or pay for the expenses associated with living there. To ensure smooth transition, you want to reach a point where homeownership is being done at the same speed as rental. To help you get better deals and lower mortgage rates, you can add the extra money that you have saved to your downpayment. Jason Whigham is an independent mortgage broker of Barrett Financial of Sacramento California. He stated via email that it’s impossible to predict inflation and interest rates. They cannot also predict the home’s appreciation rate. Buyers should plan for large down payments. They will be able to secure the best interest rates when they are needed. “Pay down debt”: Getting rid credit cards and other debt can improve your credit score, as well as your debt-to-income ratio (or DTI). These factors are taken into account by lenders when deciding if you are eligible for a loan and what interest rate. Higher credit scores are better.

Credit utilization refers to the amount of credit that is used. Your credit utilization will decrease and your score will rise if you have less debt. You must continue to make timely payments in order to maintain your credit score. This will allow you to get a lower mortgage rate and offer more options,” Jenifer Whigham, a real estate agent at Keller Williams El Dorado Hills, California, says. Avoid big, unnecessary expenses. Avoid spending too much on credit cards or cars. Jenifer says that you shouldn’t do this while you take a break. Peggy Pratt, a Boston real estate broker, runs the Pratt Properties Team of Century 21 North East. Savings for a downpayment could be reduced by the cost of moving and the security deposit.

Reexamine what you need and what you want. This is a great opportunity to look at the larger picture. People should conduct soul searching to discover what they want in a home. Moore stated. Given the changes in mortgage rates and home values, you may have to change your filter settings. It may be necessary to search in a different location or buy a smaller house than you initially planned. If your goal is to purchase a starter home, build equity and then upgrade later, this flexibility may pay off. Jason Whigham said that homeownership is a gradual process. You are not obligated to stay in your home forever. Whigham suggests you look at moving to a more affordable housing market if there is an opportunity to work somewhere else. This is a big decision. This is a major decision. Whigham recommended that you take some time to assess the quality of your life, cost of living and other factors. Whigham said that this includes a strong realtor or mortgage professional. This partnership will ensure buyers have their best interests at heart and allow them to quickly sell a property that is exceptional. If you’re able to pay a higher down payment, let them know. Your agent should be kept informed about when you may be ready to go back on the market and which types of homes and areas might be available. She encourages clients to “Hang on there”. “Something will happen. First-Time Homebuyer Finance Report

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This article is for California renters priced out of homebuying.

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