The housing market recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause last year is playing out extremely well for real estate, so it’s an ideal time to buy a home for those who are ready to make a purchase. Here’s a dive into some of the biggest wins for homebuyers this spring.
- Mortgage Rates Are Still Low
In 2020, mortgage rates hit all-time lows 16 times, falling below 3% for the first time ever. Continued low rates in the early part of this year are setting buyers up for significant long-term gains. According to Freddie Mac:
“Optimism continues as the economy slowly regains its footing, thus affecting mortgage rates. Though rates continue to rise, they remain near historic lows.”
Essentially, it’s less expensive to borrow money for a home loan today while rates are low. This is a huge opportunity for buyers to capitalize on right now.
- Buying Is More Affordable Than Renting
This trend of low mortgage rates has made the typical monthly payment (including principal and interest) less expensive for buyers. According to Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist for First American:
“The low mortgage rates and income growth spurred an 18.9 percent increase in housebuying power compared with a year ago.”
Buying a home now versus renting one may be a game-changer as it amplifies long-term
savings for homeowners. When paying a mortgage as opposed to paying rent, that money
is reinvested back in your favor, so you’re contributing to your own net worth when you
own a home. This is a term called equity, and it’s one of the biggest financial benefits