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How to Prepare for the Impending Interest Rate Hikes

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All indicators are pointing to interest rate hikes in 2022. When, how much, and how many are still under speculation, but the one thing experts agree on is that they will rise. How can you prepare for the upcoming rate hikes?

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  • If you are considering buying a home, now is the time. Work with your mortgage broker to lock in a low rate. Make sure the rate is fixed and won’t vary.
  • If you have your eye on a home, but the current owner needs a longer move out date, go ahead and purchase it at the lower rate and lease it back to the owner. A real estate professional can help you properly write up a contract with the specific details.
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  • Pay off as much debt as possible, especially credit card debt and any sort of variable rate loans. These are the things that can get out of hand quickly and cause many financial problems that will  hurt you homebuying potential.
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On the other hand, rate hikes aren’t all bad for homebuyers. Last year’s soaring demand and low-interest rates sent prices rising beyond reach for many would-be homebuyers. Buyers found themselves in bidding wars and/or making hasty decisions. For most Americans, the main way of accumulating wealth is through homeownership and last year’s dramatic price increases squashed that dream for many. That is a problem that not even low-interest rates could fix. Experts don’t expect a dramatic decline in home prices, but the dramatic increases are forecast to tamper down a bit allowing a larger pool of buyers to become homeowners.

One thing is for certain, planning is crucial, so get with an agent, find a lender, and start planning. Stutesman’s Action Realty has a line-up of professional real estate agents ready to help their clients make that purchase or sell. Reach out today, 833.286.8400.

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Taking the Worries Out of the Home Buying Process

Home buying can be a scary and overwhelming process. For most, purchasing a home is the largest investment a person will make. Therefore, it is no surprise that people tend to get nervous about such a large commitment. Here are a few tips to ease your worries:

  • Hiring the right real estate agent is one of the first and most important steps you will take in the home buying process. Choose a real estate professional that is experienced, knowledgeable about the market, and willing to remain your trusted real estate advisor. Tell your agent what you are looking for and about your budget requirements. It is important to have professional real estate representation when you find the perfect home and want to make an offer to assure you are entering the right contract for you. Did you know that a real estate professional can assist you in purchasing a For Sale By Owner (FSBO)? Many FSBOs are willing to work with a buyer’s agent even though they are not using a selling broker.
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  • Pre-approval from a mortgage lender is the next step. Once pre-approved, a lender will write you a letter of pre-approval. Being pre-approved lets sellers know you are serious about purchasing their property.
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  • Start touring properties. Your real estate agent will schedule showings and assist you in finding the perfect home based on your specification. These showings can either be in-person or virtually. The COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted the real estate industry forward several years when it comes to virtual showings. They have become one of the most popular ways to initially view a home.  Just let your real estate agent know that you want a virtual showing, and he or she will set it up and tour the home with you virtually. This is also a perfect way for out-of-town purchasers to view homes before they are able to come to town.
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  • Once you find your dream home, your real estate agent will prepare a competitive offer to get you the best deal and will guide you through negotiations and help with a seamless closing experience.

When you are ready, Stutesman’s Action Realty is ready to serve you. The real estate agents pride themselves on excellence and constantly surpassing the expectations of their clients. Call 1.833.226.8400 to reach one of the three branches located in Missouri and Kansas.