While global influences are out of your control and impossible to predict, you do have control over your own circumstances. When considering the best time to buy a house, look at the factors that you can change - from your budget to your deposit, employment prospects and credit rating - and use this to inform your decision. Here are some key points to consider.
● Is your deposit big enough to get a good mortgage rate, or should you wait it out to save more money?
● Should you wait for that promotion or pay rise before getting a mortgage, so you have better lending potential?
● Do you need to query defaults on your credit record, to boost your chances of mortgage approval?
● To ease worries about changing interest rates, should you ask about fixed-rate mortgages where the interest rate is fixed over a set period of time?
Only you know what needs to be done before buying a house, and only you can judge the ‘best’ time. There’s no one-size-fits-all advice when it comes to buying a home, as mortgage advisor Mark Greene explains to Forbes: “Setting a specific home buying goal is about staying focused on your dream. Do that and try to avoid the distractions that will keep you from crossing the finish line.”
If you’re currently renting and you’ve got your deposit saved, it may actually cost you less to buy your own property than you are currently paying in rent^. The best course of action is to decide what type of home you want to buy and focus on achieving that goal without worrying unnecessarily about fluctuations in the housing market and changing interest rates.
If you want a better idea of what you can afford right now, search properties within your budget on property websites, and use this to decide if you are ready to buy a house - or whether it’s worth waiting it out just a little bit longer.
^ Source - Money Advice Service