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When is the Best Time to Buy

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29 Aug, 2022

When is The Best Time to Buy?

Is it a Good Time to Buy?


Being in the Real Estate industry for over 25yrs, whether as a lender or currently as a Real Estate agent, I get asked that question all the time and my answer is always, it depends.  It really depends on what your goals are, if you are financially ready to buy, have you done your homework on the process, etc.  There are a lot of factors in which will affect your decision on if it’s the best time to buy.  You have traditional seasons in the year in which inventory is plentiful and you have more options.  There are Market Conditions that are out of your control that can significantly affect your decision.  You also need to consider how much competition you have when buying a home.


When is the Best Season to Buy?

Depending on the time of the year and what season you are in can affect how much success you have in finding your home.  If you currently live in an area where you experience all four seasons, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring, this will have an effect on your buying process. 

Usually in the winter, seller pull their homes off the market because of the whether and holidays.  Everyone is in the holiday spirit, and most do not want to spend the time trenching through snow and cold whether looking at homes. Its also hard to see what the home and property looks like when most of it is under snow. 

Usually end of spring and beginning of summer is when it’s the busiest and people start putting their homes up for sale because it will show better with the spring vegetation blooming and buyers want to find something before the new school year starts.

In Puerto Rico, you do not have that problem since we have summer year-round and really the weather doesn’t have the affect on listing your property as it does in a place that experiences all for seasons.


How do the Market Conditions Affect Buying a Home?

The real estate market may fluctuate with the seasons, but there are also broader market forces that can influence housing prices, inventory and current interest rates. For example, mortgage rates tend to follow the Federal Reserve’s interest rate. So, when the Fed lowered their rate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (and related economic struggles) in 2020, mortgage rates also dropped.

Even when house prices are low, you’ll want to consider how mortgage interest rates affect your total expenditure over the life of the loan. The apparent savings from a good purchase price on a house may be quickly offset by a high interest rate. Many home buyers are taking advantage of this chance to save big on interest. Even though demand and prices have gone up, plenty of people are finding it a good time to buy a new home.

Bear in mind that housing market trends may vary by location. Specific cities – or even neighborhoods – may see trends that differ from the overall market. If you’re moving to a “hot” city or neighborhood, you might encounter higher prices and lower inventory.


Personal Readiness

It’s hard to overstate the importance of personal readiness when determining whether you should buy a house. The best time to buy a house is when you feel confident in your finances and personal goals because there’s so much emotion throughout the house hunt.

No matter the season, you’ll want to make sure your credit is in good shape and your debt is under control before buying a house. You’ll also want to feel secure in your employment and income, ready to commit to living in a specific area and prepared to handle the various costs of homeownership and avoid becoming house poor.


The Best Time to Buy

Bottom line is that when buying real estate in Puerto Rico, timing your purchase can feel important to you.  However, each season and market conditions bring with it pros and cons when shopping for your property, including the amount of inventory available, the amount of other buyers you are competing with, prices of the homes, and how rates are affecting your payment and purchase power.

If you find the property that checks all the boxes, you are financial ready and confident, the best time to buy that property is NOW!!

We would love the opportunity to earn your business and help you find your next Real Estate Property in Puerto Rico.  Please contact us today!!

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