Tuesday, July 24, 2018 / by Dan Canfield
Dealing with Financing
Choose your mortgage carefully. Previously, the emphasis when it came to mortgages was on paying them off as soon as possible. Today, the debt the average person will accumulate due to credit cards, student loans, etc. means it’s better to opt for the 30-year mortgage instead of the 15-year. This way, you have a lower monthly payment, with the option of paying an additional principal when money is good. Additionally, when picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points (a portion of the interest that you pay at closing) in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you plan to stay in the house for a long time—and given the current real estate market, you should—taking the points will save you money.
Do your homework before bidding. Before you make an offer on a home, do some research on the sales trends of similar homes in the neighborhood with your agent. Consider especially sales of similar homes in the last three months. For instance, if homes have recently sold for 5 percent more than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be at least at asking price. Below is a June 2018 market snapshot for Ada County.