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Is Buying A Home Right Now A Mistake?

Zulika van Heerden

Zulika van Heerden

"People realise that investing in real estate is a powerful strategy to create wealth, but the issue is, a lot of people do not know where to start.”

Zulika van Heerden

Zulika van Heerden

"People realise that investing in real estate is a powerful strategy to create wealth, but the issue is, a lot of people do not know where to start.”

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When you see all those “for sale” signs pop up in Langebaan — and then see them change to “sold” shortly afterward — it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you’re not buying a home this summer. So, you run the numbers, spend nights scrolling through listings on Property24, and start to imagine your new life in your dream home.

There’s just one thing: you may not be ready to buy a home right now. While most real estate agents point to a hot market as a good reason to start making offers, there are more factors that go into this big life decision. The real estate agents that automatically tell you that NOW is the right time to buy a home cannot know that without knowing the specifics of your situation.

Before going down a long and stressful journey, let’s go through some scenarios that might help you decide if it’s the right or the wrong time for you to buy a home

When you see all those “for sale” signs pop up in Langebaan — and then see them change to “sold” shortly afterward — it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you’re not buying a home this summer.

So, you run the numbers, spend nights scrolling through listings on Property24, and start to imagine your new life in your dream home.

There’s just one thing: you may not be ready to buy a home right now. While most real estate agents point to a hot market as a good reason to start making offers, there are more factors that go into this big life decision.

The real estate agents that automatically tell you that NOW is the right time to buy a home cannot know that without knowing the specifics of your situation.

Before going down a long and stressful journey, let’s go through some scenarios that might help you decide if it’s the right or the wrong time for you to buy a home

You have to get very creative to afford a deposit

Let’s face it: Saving enough for a 20% deposit on a home can be a daunting challenge. While many loans allow for lower deposit or even no deposit, these also often come with “hidden expenses” that add to your monthly bonds costs such as additional insurance or higher interest rates. While every homeowner-to-be anticipates making sacrifices to afford their home, you don’t want to be in a position where affording your monthly bond payment requires serious hardship.

In addition, your monthly bond payment isn’t the only expensive line item in your budget: you’ll need to be able to afford rates and taxes, maintenance, furniture, and emergency repairs big and small.

Let’s face it: Saving enough for a 20% deposit on a home can be a daunting challenge.

While many loans allow for lower deposit or even no deposit, these also often come with “hidden expenses” that add to your monthly bonds costs such as additional insurance or higher interest rates.

While every homeowner-to-be anticipates making sacrifices to afford their home, you don’t want to be in a position where affording your monthly bond payment requires serious hardship.

In addition, your monthly bond payment isn’t the only expensive line item in your budget: you’ll need to be able to afford rates and taxes, maintenance, furniture, and emergency repairs big and small.

Your friends are all buying homes and you feel left out.

This is a big one. When everyone else is buying new places, it’s easy to fall down the spiral of judging yourself because you’re not doing the same. However, the grass may seem greener on the other side of that “sold” sign. Your friends may be showing off their new home, but not telling you how they’ve had to put off going on vacation for at least a decade in order to afford it. Or, they may be able to afford it, but they’re not the ones who will be paying your home loan. Don’t fall for peer pressure if your current place fits your needs right now.

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This is a big one. When everyone else is buying new places, it’s easy to fall down the spiral of judging yourself because you’re not doing the same.

However, the grass may seem greener on the other side of that “sold” sign. Your friends may be showing off their new home, but not telling you how they’ve had to put off going on vacation for at least a decade in order to afford it.

Or, they may be able to afford it, but they’re not the ones who will be paying your home loan. Don’t fall for peer pressure if your current place fits your needs right now.

Everyone keeps telling you you’re “throwing money away” on rent.

It’s true that you do build equity after you buy a home in Langebaan, but it can take years before you see an effect on your net worth. If you need to move (for work, a relationship, family, or because the home doesn’t suit your needs) before you have positive equity in your home, then you won’t enjoy the boost in net worth. If you value flexibility more at this stage in your life, then renting makes more sense. 

It’s true that you do build equity after you buy a home in Langebaan, but it can take years before you see an effect on your net worth.

If you need to move (for work, a relationship, family, or because the home doesn’t suit your needs) before you have positive equity in your home, then you won’t enjoy the boost in net worth.

If you value flexibility more at this stage in your life, then renting makes more sense. 

You have no idea what your current home is worth.

Sometimes the market is just not in your favour right now, and there might be little changes you can make that can increase the value of the home you’re currently in. Get a free and home value report online if you’re unsure or haven’t checked your home’s value in a while.

Sometimes the market is just not in your favour right now, and there might be little changes you can make that can increase the value of the home you’re currently in.

Get a free and home value report online if you’re unsure or haven’t checked your home’s value in a while.

You’re focused on the style of the home rather than the lifestyle of homeownership.

You’ve passed by a certain home multiple times and find yourself looking through the listing photos more often than you look at photos of your family and friends. You’ve mentally re-decorated and decided exactly where you’ll put your sofa. Fun, right?

Now imagine waking up at 7 AM on a Saturday to mow the lawn, fix the toilet in the master bathroom, and find out what’s making that creaking noise upstairs. Or, having to cancel your weekend get-together with friends because your geyser decided to stop working and a repair person can’t get there until later in the week. Not as fun. Home maintenance is an ongoing project filled with unglamorous tasks that you may not be ready for just yet.

You’ve passed by a certain home multiple times and find yourself looking through the listing photos more often than you look at photos of your family and friends.

 You’ve mentally re-decorated and decided exactly where you’ll put your sofa. Fun, right?

Now imagine waking up at 7 AM on a Saturday to mow the lawn, fix the toilet in the master bathroom, and find out what’s making that creaking noise upstairs.

Or, having to cancel your weekend get-together with friends because your geyser decided to stop working and a repair person can’t get there until later in the week.

Not as fun. Home maintenance is an ongoing project filled with unglamorous tasks that you may not be ready for just yet.

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Your dream home will significantly add to your commute.

While you may not think you’ll mind that extra hour on the road each way in order to have a garage to call your own, it’s likely you’ll feel differently after the novelty of the new home wears off. Though there are always trade-offs with home ownership, one involving location requires a huge life change — so it isn’t one to take lightly or rush into. This is also true when it comes to moving to a drastically different kind of area or any time you have to also consider a change of school systems.

While you may not think you’ll mind that extra hour on the road each way in order to have a garage to call your own, it’s likely you’ll feel differently after the novelty of the new home wears off.

Though there are always trade-offs with home ownership, one involving location requires a huge life change — so it isn’t one to take lightly or rush into.

This is also true when it comes to moving to a drastically different kind of area or any time you have to also consider a change of school systems.

The very idea of moving makes you panic.

Even if you can afford the deposit, have leftover money for emergencies, are okay with the lifestyle change of home ownership, and have found a new home that offers way more than your current place, you still may not be emotionally ready to buy a home.

Something to consider: if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed about the idea, or it’s causing conflict with your significant other, a timeout may be needed. Pick a date in the future to revisit the idea of buying a home, then see how you feel. If your gut says you’re ready, get in touch with a real estate agent in Langebaan who will find you a home that’ll make you excited to make the big move. 

Even if you can afford the deposit, have leftover money for emergencies, are okay with the lifestyle change of home ownership, and have found a new home that offers way more than your current place, you still may not be emotionally ready to buy a home.

Something to consider: if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed about the idea, or it’s causing conflict with your significant other, a timeout may be needed.

Pick a date in the future to revisit the idea of buying a home, then see how you feel. If your gut says you’re ready, get in touch with a real estate agent in Langebaan who will find you a home that’ll make you excited to make the big move. 

While we tried to point out every scenario we could think of...

Your situation may not have been mentioned.

We know everyone has different concerns and personal circumstances.

If you’re still unsure if you’re ready to buy or just have questions about what the process will look like for you, we’re ready to walk you through every step of the home loan process whenever the time is right for you!

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