If you are waiting for the “best deal” on a home purchase, you could end up waiting on the sidelines! With the current low interest rates and a plethora of motivated sellers, this is a great time to buy a home. If you’re a first-time buyer, staying on the sidelines means that you’re missing out on the benefits of home ownership. Those benefits include: Appreciation – Despite periodic adjustments in national and local market conditions, real estate has appreciated consistently over the long term, historically rising 5 to 6 percent annually. Equity Buildup – People who wait until the “perfect” opportunity comes along are missing out on the equity buildup that comes from paying down a mortgage, and from making prudent improvements to their property. A Home of One’s Own – Perhaps the greatest benefits home ownership are the ones that are hardest to quantify; a sense of permanence, emotional security and enormous personal satisfaction. Even experts disagree when it comes to forecasting future peaks and valleys in the housing market. So what is a person to do? If you’re considering the purchase of a home for yourself or as an investment, I can’t think of a better time! Please remember that I’m here to help you meet your real estate needs. I hope you’ll recommend me to others who may be looking to buy or sell a home.