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Friday, August 5, 2022   /   by Jake Uriegas


After a roller-coaster of two years with steep price increases and a low inventory of homes, the market has

been challenging for buyers, especially first-time home buyers. And although we see some relief on the

horizon with more inventory coming to the market, the feds have just announced another rate increase,

with more coming later in the year.

Here are four tips on how you can beat the Fed's rate hikes and turn the tables on challenging market conditions.

There's not a lot we can do in the case of global inflation and federally-set interest rates, but as a home

buyer, here are some tips to consider when home shopping that can ensure you don't get priced out of the


Tip Number 1:
Spend some time shopping for a sweet mortgage

There are so many different options available for home loans with different rates, fees, conditions, and

even perks. Making the right choice can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Before

signing any agreement, ensure you have at least two or three competing quotes for comparison.

Tip Number 2:
Pick a location that doesn't break the bank

Not everyone can afford to live in the city or neighborhood of their choice. It's an uncomfortable truth, but

it's easy to get priced out of an area as the cost of everything skyrockets. But that doesn't mean you can't

find a fantastic place to call home—the further out from the larger well-known cities, the lower the prices.

And there are still bargains to be found if you know where to look.

Tip Number 3:
Get a Low Down-Payment Loan

One of the biggest worries when buying a home is coming up with the down payment. Saving 10-20% of

the purchase price can seem impossible sometimes – unless you snag a loan with a low down payment

option. FHA and VA loans, to name a few, come with attractive down payment requirements, boasting a

minimum 3.5% and even zero percent down options.

Tip Number 4:
Consider Purchasing a Fixer-Upper

If you're prepared to get your hands dirty, you can turn your purchase into a lucrative investment. Most

people don't want the hassle of renovating an older home, but for the 21% of people who would consider it, buying a fixer-upper is a viable way to get into your dream home earlier.

If you're considering buying a home this year, it makes sense to act soon. With rising inflation kicking up

interest rates, and a cooling real estate market, purchasing sooner rather than later means you can

stabilize your monthly housing cost and invest in an asset that historically outperforms inflation.