How Does Purchasing A Home Compare With Renting?

 

Struggling with the decision of whether to purchase or rent your next South Florida home?

Like the guy in the video says, the two don’t really compare at all.

The one advantage of renting is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity take advantage of tax benefits and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may be at the mercy of the landlord for housing.

Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity increasing YOUR net worth. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax breaks that assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities like insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep which can be substantial.

But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home they maybe worth it.

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What Is A Rate Lock?

 

If you are buying a home with a loan in the South Florida area you may have heard of something called a rate lock from your lender.

Mortgage rates change constantly through an unpredictable combination of government policies and economic conditions. This video explains this common term called ‘rate lock.’

A “Rate Lock” is a guarantee that a lender will honor a specific combination of interest rates and points for a given period of time. A lock protects a buyer from rate increases but commits them to a higher rate if mortgage rates fall below the locked rate.

As of 2014, rate locks aren’t usually an option until a purchase offer for a specific property – new-home or resale – has been accepted by the seller. The borrower’s credit score, the loan-to-value ratio property type, location and other factors plus, of course, market rates and market conditions will also affect rate-lock decisions.

Decide whether to lock or “float” based on your capacity for risk and your best rational knowledge about construction and closing schedules. If your rate lock expires an extension might be available but both you and the lender will be looking at current mortgage rates to decide the best option.

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What Should I Look Out For During The Final Walk-Through?

 

About to close on a home in the Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach area?

Well, as this story shows, this will likely be the first opportunity to examine the house without furniture giving you a clear view of everything.
Check the walls and ceilings carefully as well as any work the seller agreed to do in response to the inspection.

Any problems discovered previously that you find uncorrected should be brought up prior to closing. It is the seller’s responsibility to fix them.

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What Are “Home Warranties”, And Should I Consider Them?

 

Whether you are buying a new home or an older home in the Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach area, a Home Warranty maybe a good idea.

You’ll see some pictures in this video to help you remember later, but essentially, home warranties offer you protection for a specific period of time, such as one year, against potentially costly problems like unexpected repairs on appliances or home systems which are not covered by homeowner’s insurance.

Warranties are becoming more popular because they offer protection during the time immediately following the purchase of a home a time when many people find themselves cash-strapped.

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Is An Older Home A Better Value Than A New One?

 

Trying to decide between buying an older home versus a new home in the Fort Lauderdale area? Well, as this story shows, there isn’t a definitive answer to this question. You should look at each home for its individual characteristics.

Generally, older homes may be in more established neighborhoods offer more ambiance and have lower property tax rates. People who buy older homes, however shouldn’t mind maintaining their home and making some repairs.

Newer homes tend to use more modern architecture and systems are usually easier to maintain and may be more energy-efficient. People who buy new homes often don’t want to worry initially about upkeep and repairs.

At All Florida Title we care about helping you stay informed throughout your real estate transaction. Have questions? Give us a call at at 954-566-2200.

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