Buying a home is a significant life decision. That’s true whether you’re purchasing for the first time or selling your house to fuel a move. And if you’re planning to buy a home, you might be hearing about today’s shifting market and wondering what it means.
While mortgage rates are higher than at the start of the year and home prices are rising, you shouldn’t put your plans on hold based solely on market factors. Instead, you must consider why you want to move and how important those reasons are to you. Here are the two biggest personal motivators driving people to buy homes today.
A Need for More Space
Moving.com looked at migration patterns to determine why people moved to specific areas. One trend that emerged was the need for additional indoor and outdoor space.
Outgrowing your home isn’t new. But, if you’re craving a large yard, more entertaining room, or need more storage areas or bedrooms overall, having the physical space you need for your desired lifestyle may be reason enough to change.
A Desire To Be Closer to Loved Ones
Moving and storage company United Van Lines surveys customers yearly to understand why people move. The latest survey finds nearly 32% of people are forced to be closer to loved ones.
Another moving and storage company, Pods, also highlights this as a top motivator for why people move. In addition, they note that an increase in flexible work options has helped many homeowners make a move closer to the people they care about most:
“. . . a shifting of priorities has also affected why people are moving. Many companies have moved to permanent remote working policies, giving employees the option to move freely around the country, and people are taking advantage of the perk.”
Suppose you can move to another location for remote work, retirement, or other reasons. In that case, you could leverage that flexibility to be closer to the most important people in your life. Being nearby for caregiving and being able to attend get-togethers and life milestones could be precisely what you’re looking for.
What Does That Mean for You?
If you’re considering moving, one of these reasons might be a top motivator. And while what’s happening with mortgage rates and home prices in the housing market today will likely play a role in your decision, it’s equally important to ensure your home meets your needs. Like Charlie Bilello, Founder and CEO of Compound Capital Advisors, say:
“Your home is your castle and should confer benefits beyond just the numbers.”
There are many reasons why people decide to move. But, no matter the reason, if your needs have changed, let’s connect to discuss your options in today’s housing market.