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Rent or Buy: Is 2021 a Good Time to Buy a Home?

April 9, 2021

Rent or Buy: Is 2021 a Good Time to Buy a Home?

With 2020 behind us, and mortgage rates leveling out, many people are wondering - is now a good time to buy? 

In short, the answer is - probably, yes. And, with fewer existing homes on the market, it may be a perfect time to build new

According to an article on, "Mortgage rates will likely remain low throughout 2021, meaning that now could be a great time to buy and save on rent." 

The first step is to get pre-qualified. Fortunately, most prospective home buyers can qualify for some kind of mortgage loan. 

According to the article, "FHA loans require a minimum credit score of 580 and a down payment of at least 3.5%. For a $250,000 home, that works out to $8,750. If you have a credit score between 500 and 580, you still could qualify as long as you have 10% down.

Even if you don't have the 3.5% down payment, there are often homeownership programs that states offer." 

In Okahoma, we have just that - the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Down Payment Assistance Program. 

If you qualify for a loan and you are a current renter, look into whether it is cheaper to buy or to rent. You may be very surprised. We recommend speaking with a preferred lender to find out just how much you could be paying each month to own, and invest in your future, rather than paying someone else's mortgage. 

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