If you didn't buy a home in 2013, you may be kicking yourself now. Home prices climbed nationally an average of 13.6 percent in the past 12 months, according to Tuesday's release of the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index.
Don't make the same mistake in 2014, suggests Benjamin Weinstock, real estate attorney and partner at the firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in Uniondale, N.Y.
Market forecasters predict that 2014 will be another year of gains for the real estate market, even though the rapid pace of sales in 2013 cooled off a bit at the end of the year. On Dec. 30, The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, rose 0.2 percent in November, below the 1 percent rise forecast.
Home prices are expected to rise about 5 percent next year, says Weinstock. Higher mortgage rates will dampen the pace of both sales and price gains, but not bring them to a halt. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to rise from 4.5 percent to 5 percent in the next year.
Even aside from expected price gains, buying a home is almost always a good investment in the long run, says Weinstock. Tax benefits are not to be overlooked.
"When one rents, at the end of the year he or she has a pile of 12 cancelled rent checks," Weinstock says. "However, the homeowner has a pile of 12 cancelled mortgage checks that are nearly fully tax deductible in most cases."
Author:Marc Blitstein Phone: 303-330-4058 Dated: January 1st 2014 Views: 1,704 About Marc: Marc Blitstein has been a licensed Real Estate Agent since 2004. Real estate experience has been in ...
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