08-21-2009 04:12 PM
My husband and I make over $160,000 combined, have no debt (cars are paid off, no loans, no credit card debt) and b/c we took the time to be responsible and pay off all debt, we don't have enough for a 20% downpayment, so we have to go FHA... but now we have put in an offer on a great place and it is probably going to be rejected b/c they are concerned the FHA appraisal will be low.
How is it that 2 proffessionals who are responsible, have no debt, and have money saved still cannot buy a house around here?
Any advice on moving forward in this market with FHA?
08-21-2009 07:33 PM
Offer higher, that's one option.
Consider liquidating some of your assets for your down payment (downsize car, etc.).
Borrow from your 401?
I hear you and empathize, just offerring some alternatives, even though they may not be appealing.
My best advice is to wait 1-2 years... either you will easily have saved more (especially making $160K a year) and/or the market will improve for buyers (the latter is my personal forecast).
08-22-2009 02:58 AM
08-22-2009 04:36 AM
08-22-2009 10:48 AM
08-22-2009 12:24 PM
You are missing the point.
The FHA appraisal, indeed any appraisal, is there to protect you! (the bank is trying to make sure its end is protected, but that also protects your interests) If the appraisal comes out low, it means you overbid and the home-seller has their expectations too high.
If a bank does not see the value in the property, most likely you stand to lose money too. Offering higher won't solve this problem. Don't be tempted to "fix" this bubble with more cash, the property is over priced and you should skip it.
It sounds like you tried very hard to pay off these past debt items, at the expense of your cash. You may, in fact, be cash poor to buy a house, but that is an issue that is separate from overbidding.
Wait. The housing market has another leg down coming. There is a lot of pent up volume of units to move onto the market at significant discounts to what is going on now. If you overbid and somehow get something, you may regret it. Avoid getting emotional about any one property. If you are looking for a good deal you'll get a far better one in a little while than what you are seeing now.. (even though there has been a huge drop in values from their peak).
Hope that helps,
08-22-2009 01:54 PM
08-22-2009 04:08 PM
08-22-2009 06:01 PM - last edited on 08-25-2009 08:47 AM by JimLamb
In 2.5 years at a rent of $1500/month, City Living will have paid $45,000 in rent. In addition CL will have paid $30,000-$40,000 in taxes that they would not have had to pay if they owned their own home. They will also have foregone the equity and appreciation that accrues to homeowners as they pay down their mortgage and as property values rise. There are many neighborhoods in DC where prices have risen since 2004 - average price decreases for the city as a whole can be deceiving. But if one must use averages, here's a fact: over the past 30 years, DC property values have appreciated over 6% a year on average. If you bought in 2004, in some neighborhoods your property's value may have fallen - but it will come back. Meantime, you're still gaining equity by paying your mortgage and you are avoiding having to pay thousands and thousands in income taxes.
Bottom line: there are major "opportunity" costs involved in waiting to buy in hopes that house prices will fall significantly. If interest rates increase over the next few years, those costs will be even greater.
All the best,
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