Gaithersburg - Lakeland MD | Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!
Gaithersburg Lakelands MD Local Market Tidbits:
Today I decided to bring you some news about the things that matters the most to our local real estate market
As you are aware, the real estate market is like the weather. The economic conditions within the area are the most influential on home prices and its stability
Sometimes even within neighboring counties, our local real estate market could be completely different.
For that reason we are focusing in Lakelands Gaithersburg. In a way this beautiful neighborhood area in Gaithersburg suffers an identity crisis because of its most popular neighbor “The Kentlands”
Yes, you may see disparities between these two neighborhoods but, most homeowners living on Lakelands are just happier that they don't get the negatives of being the most popular neighborhood in the area. Traffic can be a problem for the most part..while the Lakelands remain relatively quiet and serene..yet they still enjoy the same amenities.
Today, I would like to speak to you about Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.
Don’t Become Trapped
A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating:
“The cost of putting a roof over your head continues to go up. Not only are home prices still rising, but the cost of rent rose 0.5% in June.”
Additionally, in the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University’s 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Report, it was revealed that,
“Despite a slight improvement from 2014, fully one-third of US households paid more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing in 2015. Renters continue to be more likely to face cost burdens…the number of cost-burdened renters (21 million) considerably outstrips the number of cost-burdened owners (18 million) even though nearly two-thirds of US households own their homes.”
These households struggle to save for a rainy day and pay other bills, including groceries and healthcare.
It’s Cheaper to Buy Than Rent
As we have previously mentioned, the results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia shows that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.
The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide!
Know Your Options
Perhaps you have already saved enough to buy your first home. A nationwide survey of about 24,000 renters found that 80% of millennial renters plan to eventually buy a house, but 72% cite affordability as their primary obstacle. Aside from affordability, one in three millennial renters have concerns about their credit scores, and another 53% said that a down payment is an obstacle.
Many first-time homebuyers who believe that they need a large down payment may be holding themselves back from their dream homes. As we have reported before, in many areas of the country, a first-time home buyer can save for a 3% down payment in less than two years. You may have already saved enough!
Don’t get caught in the trap that so many renters are currently in. If you are ready and willing to buy a home, find out if you are able. Let’s get together to determine if you can qualify for a mortgage now!
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