Unlocking Your Forever Home: Effective Strategies for Upgrading from Your First Home

Chad Rankin / Jul 28, 2023 / Expert Articles

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Hello, everyone! This is Chad Rankin from the Rankin Mortgage Team, and today, I'm teaming up with Nate Reel from the Reel Real Estate Team. For over a decade, we've had the honor of helping countless clients navigate the world of home ownership. From finding the right home to securing the best financing, we've helped many renters transition into first-time homeowners.

However, recently, we've noticed a growing trend: many of our clients are realizing that their first home isn't their "forever home." They are now eager to transition into their dream homes, but often find themselves stuck, uncertain of how to make the next move. To help navigate this transition, we want to share some strategies we've seen successfully implemented.

One factor keeping prospective homeowners at bay is the fear of the current higher interest rates. While it is tempting to wait until rates drop, remember that decreased rates will invite a surge of buyers into the market, leading to increased competition. If you are in a position to buy now, it may be beneficial to do so and refinance when the rates eventually decrease.

Two primary scenarios surface when considering this move to your forever home. First, if you're burdened with consumer debt and yearning for your forever home, there is a strategy for you. If you've owned your home for over three years, there's a good chance you've built up substantial equity. This equity, when properly leveraged, can act as a lifeboat to lift you from the sea of debt.

In this scenario, we analyze your home's potential selling price based on the current market conditions. By doing so, we can estimate your possible earnings after the payment of closing costs and realtor commissions. In many instances, clients are walking away with six-figure profits. This money can be used to pay off other debts during the closing process. However, it is crucial to ensure the same attorney handles both the selling and buying transactions to simplify the process.

The second scenario is suited for those who do not carry heavy consumer debt but have built substantial equity in their homes. Instead of selling, these homeowners may consider becoming landlords. The rental income could cover their existing mortgage payments, often leaving a little extra cash in hand each month. The key here is to maintain the lower interest rates from the past years.

To illustrate this, consider our recent clients who bought a single-family home for $170,000 nine years ago. They decided to keep their original home while buying their forever home. With a lease and a security deposit, they could continue paying their old mortgage while collecting rental income. In 21 years, when their mortgage is paid off, their house, valued at approximately $350,000 now, may be worth around half a million dollars.

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It's essential to remember that the higher interest rates of today should not dissuade you from pursuing your dream home. Homeownership is about more than just finances - it's about finding a place you love. Don't let the fear of higher interest rates or a higher mortgage balance keep you from your forever home.

We hope these insights will shed light on some strategies you can adopt while planning your move. Remember, every situation is unique, and we're here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us; we're always eager to help you take the next steps on your homeownership journey. Thank you!

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Hi, I'm a mortgage expert living in Massachusetts. I am also licensed to help with your home loan in several other States across the Country. Do you have mortgage questions? How can I help?