In the daily mini-paper this morning, I noticed a headline indicating that it’s not a bad time to buy a home – if you plan to stay there for ten years. Admittedly, I didn’t read the article. (I was reading over someone’s shoulder on the metro.) But it did get me to thinking about my own home buying dilemma.
Now, this is not new information. Financial advisors have been saying for years that you shouldn’t buy and expect to sell in two or three years. You might make money on the sale, but you might also lose money, so your best bet is to buy if you’re planning to stay.
Thinking about where I am now, can I honestly say that a home I buy now is one that I plan to stay in? Probably not. In ten years, I would like to have started a family. I can’t afford a family home right now. I suppose I could probably get a two bedroom condo, but that’s about it. It’s moments like this that make me start to rethink the plans to buy. I think some of it is going to depend on whether or not the first-time homebuyer credit gets extended into next year at all (I’ve been hearing rumblings about this, but nothing final). I wasn’t in a position to take advantage of it this year, but definitely could conceivably take advantage of it next year.
I guess it’s sort of a game of wait and see. I’m not good with commitment, and big purchases scare me, but this is something that I should make a decision on sooner rather than too much later.