Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade a Home?

By Vivian Daywood • October 21st, 2011

Headlines touted the infamous line once again Friday that mortgage rates are at historic lows, inciting the bIf it all adds up it could be a great time to buy a new home if it makes financial senseurning question, “Is now the right time to upgrade my home to a bigger, better one?” Affordability is at an all-time high at many places throughout the Country and if one has the ability to acquire and secure a mortgage, the cost of buying a home is better than it has been in years. That being said, wanting to move up and being able to move up are two different things, and it is a great time to take a hard, honest look at what makes sense for your particular situation.

Finances. If your current mortgage is a stretch financially then you should hardly consider taking on more. If you have a solid steady income and can afford more, it is a great time to start looking for a housing upgrade. Affordability is seen as housing costs taking up 30% of a household’s monthly income, if a new mortgage will keep you there a new home makes sense.

Current home. Do you need to sell your current home to buy a new one? If you can hold on to your current home and rent it until the market is fully recovered, your investment can be sold at a bigger profit. This is especially wise if your current home can be rented for more than the mortgage payment every month.

It is not a wise idea to upgrade to a new home if it does not make financial sense for your future. If it does make financial sense there could never be a better time to jump into a new home. It is a great time to discuss a possible move with a financial advisor or a qualified real estate professional.

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