Inflation and Recession
All the news today is about inflation, rising rates, and the prospect of a recession. What does all this mean for homeownership? We want to stress that home ownership is historically the best hedge against inflation. Although interest rates have returned to “normal” territory, reducing affordability for many in comparison to the last two years, there is still a good argument for buying now vs. waiting.
We are NOT going to see a big drop in property values and a wave of foreclosures, recession or no recession. All homeowners since the 2008 meltdown have qualified ON PAPER for their loans, and have also seen dramatic increases in their home value, which means they have plenty of equity. Plus, there are many many safeguards in place since the meltdown to prevent fraud and guarantee that borrowers are well-qualified for their mortgages.
Although renting today for the next five years may cost a bit less than buying a home, a homeowner will have greater net worth vis-à-vis their equity and principal paydown during that time period. And, the longer you hold real estate the greater the net worth of the owner. This is the best way to create wealth. On average homeowners have 40 times the net worth of renters. In addition, there are some tax benefits to owning property. The the interest paid for the loan and the real estate taxes are deductible up to a specific limit. This deduction saves on income taxes.
In a recession, unemployment usually rises. However, unemployment is currently so low, even if it increases it is hard to see that it will have much impact. The technical definition of a recession is when our nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declines for two consecutive quarters. So far, so good.
There is currently no bubble in real estate values as demand remains strong. The primary driver of an impending recession today is the current rate of inflation. Rising interest rates can cause a decline in economic activity. We will see how high the Fed will go! If we enter recession, rates will eventually come down to stimulate the economy.
In the meantime, mortgage rates have fallen in the last two weeks. This is thought to be a reaction to the fact that the market had already “built in” the expectation of rising rates and inflation, and they are balancing out.
At its worst, a recession typically lasts for 18 months. Not longer. Most pundits are predicting a very mild recession if it does become reality. Bottom line: don’t wait on the sidelines!
We all know someone who is either contemplating a separation or going through divorce. These individuals require special planning to prepare for a refinance to “cash-out” the departing spouse, or to prepare for the purchase of a new home. There is a great deal of strategizing involved to achieve a successful result.
instance where a spouse has not been working, and will be relying on spousal
support, six months of documented receipt of said support will be
required. Start the support payments early! Obtaining new employment to
qualify is a possibility, depending on prior education and work experience.
We have quite a bit of experience handling these circumstances both before, during, and after a final judgment is received. These can be tricky situations!
Reach out to my team for professional guidance.
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