CBS News: Time to buy a home?🏡

June 20, 2023

Housing supply is low and mortgage rates are high

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by Fortune CBS News in an article — by Tim Maxwell, “Should you wait to buy a home? Here’s what experts say to do” — regarding whether you should buy a home now or wait?

“As long as the economy does not enter a severe recession, housing could be a heads you win, tails you don’t lose situation,”

Game of Homes ⚔

Of course, every person’s and every family’s financial situation is different and should be judged separately. Nonetheless, there is an overall home supply shortage and about half a dozen factors supporting housing prices, thus, if you can find a home you love and can afford, don’t overpay for it, but yes, a purchase may be in order.

Home prices may stay elevated for several reasons — which I term “Game of Homes” — including, 1) Lack of supply, 2) Slow build out of new homes, 3) Strong residual pandemic demand, 4) Demographic population and immigration growth, 5) Price inflation, 6) Demand from Millennials forming households (as there are more Millennials than Boomers), 7) Remodeling projects and additions that continue to add value, 8) People escaping their high-tax state but keeping their old home, 9) Individuals as well as large funds purchasing supply as a long-term investment to lease out, and 10) Low mortgage rates on most owner occupied homes which means that owners are unwilling to sell or trade their current house if they have to buy their new home at a much a higher rate.

Quoted article excerpt is below:

“As long as the economy does not enter a severe recession, housing could be a heads you win, tails you don’t lose situation,” says Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA at Running Point Capital Advisors. “If you buy now and interest rates increase from here, monthly mortgage payments will probably increase even if home prices come down a little, but you’ll be locked into a lower than market rate; and if interest rates decrease, home prices may jump higher, and you could refinance your home to a lower mortgage rate.”

Home Timing — Photography, graphics, and design by Yrtist.com

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.

Helen Rowland, American journalist and author; from her 1909 book “Reflections of a Bachelor Girl”

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