Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Common North Shore Homebuying Myths to Ignore

If you're on the fence about buying a home on Chicago's North Shore, you might be surprised to know that what's been holding you back is a complete myth! There are dozens of myths flying around the real estate market surrounding everything from necessary credit scores to the documents you need to qualify for a mortgage.

I'm debunking some of the most common North Shore homebuying myths below so you can buy a home with confidence this year!

Myth: You need a perfect credit score
Many would-be homebuyers are held back from the process simply because they don't think their credit score is high enough. According to real estate industry resource Keeping Current Matters, the average credit score of all approved loans in June 2018 was 726. Don't assume you won't be approved! Your first step should always be meeting with a lender to determine which home loan programs you qualify for on the North Shore.

Myth: You need 20 percent down
Another common myth in real estate is that you need 20 percent down to buy a home or the loan won't be approved. Think again! Many homebuyers today can purchase homes with as little as 3 percent down— even zero down depending on the type of loan! According to Keeping Current Matters, first-time homebuyers put down an average of 6 percent in June.

Myth: You should wait for interest rates to drop
By historical standards, today's interest rates are still incredibly low! Consider this— in the 1980's, interest rates were hovering around 12.7 percent; in the '90s, 8.12 percent! Locking in today's rate of 4.5 percent is still a smart decision if you're planning to buy a home!

Have more questions about buying a home in Northbrook, Highland Park, Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka or the surrounding areas? Give me a call today! As your local expert, I am happy to answer everything from first steps to financing to home closings!

Happy house hunting!

Janie Bress
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