Retirement Property is Attracting Younger Buyers Spurred on By Low Mortgage Rates and Home Prices

There is an interesting trend of younger buyers purchasing retirement property thanks to low mortgage rates and low home prices in the Sunbelt. Home buyers are sensing a great opportunity to buy a home now and the same is true when it comes to buying a retirement home. Home values have fallen over the past six years and in some states like Florida, prices have fallen 50 percent or more.

Retirement Property is Attracting Younger Buyers Spurred on By Low Mortgage Rates and Home PricesRetirement communities haven't been immune to the price declines. In fact, many of the older retirement communities in Florida have seen price declines along the same lines as new housing developments in Florida. Low home prices combined with the lowest mortgage rates in a generation is making home prices more affordable then ever.

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PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from HomePlus Mortgage
HomePlus Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
3.560%
3.375%
USD
HomePlus Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 78669
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,995
Personal service - one point of contact from start to finish – available nights and weekends
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
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300000
Purchase
4.291%
4.125%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,454
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
4.039%
3.875%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,411
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Interest Smart Home Loans
Interest Smart Home Loans
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300000
Purchase
3.702%
3.500%
USD
Interest Smart Home Loans Logo
NMLS # 1157416
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,348
Fees in APR: $7,618
SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR LICENSED MORTGAGE BANKERS NOW!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from HighTechHomeLoans
HighTechHomeLoans
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300000
Purchase
3.526%
3.375%
USD
HighTechHomeLoans Logo
NMLS # 7147
State Lic # 4130937
10/21/2019
at 1.750 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $5,704
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PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from New American Funding
New American Funding
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300000
Purchase
3.514%
3.375%
USD
New American Funding Logo
NMLS # 6606
10/21/2019
at 1.750 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $5,250
Direct lender specializing in helping you save money on your home loan.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
4.039%
3.875%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,411
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from HomePlus Mortgage
HomePlus Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
3.560%
3.375%
USD
HomePlus Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 78669
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,995
Personal service - one point of contact from start to finish – available nights and weekends
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
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300000
Purchase
4.291%
4.125%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,454
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Apple Financial Network, Inc
Apple Financial Network, Inc
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300000
Purchase
3.556%
3.375%
USD
Apple Financial Network, Inc Logo
NMLS # 1846010
State Lic # 01527337
10/21/2019
at 1.625 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,972
Be ready to buy. Get pre-approved by a local lender
 

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Mortgage rates today on 30 year conforming loans can still be found as low as 3.25 percent with points. Current mortgage rates on 15 year conforming loans can be found ever lower at 2.25 percent with points. Even if you're nowhere near retirement, mortgage rates are so low you'll probably never get an opportunity to lock in a rate this low in the future.

The same may very well be true for home prices in the future, which makes buying now an even more compelling reason to do so. The retirement home can be treated as a second home, allowing you to take a tax deduction on mortgage interest. Your income is probably higher now than it will be in the future, so taking that mortgage interest tax deduction now instead of in the future may make financial sense.

If you already own a second home such as a vacation home, you're out of luck as far as the tax deduction. If you're planning on buying a second home as a vacation home, you probably won't want it to be in a retirement community. Therefore you should look into retirement communities that allow renting. That way, you can treat the retirement home as an investment property instead of as your second (vacation) home.

The average buyer's age in retirement communities is declining. The largest retirement community in the nation, Century Village in Boca Raton, Florida, has seen the average age of a new homebuyer drop from the mid-70s to the low 60s in the last year.

Ben Schachter with Century Village Real Estate Inc. told CNBC in an interview:
People are looking at this in terms of their long term future. They recognize that with the time value of money they are better off investing now, taking advantage of 20, 40, $60,000 price points, because if they look back just a half a decade ago, prices were 3-4 times what they are now. They're looking at the market as it increases, as the economy is strengthening, and they want to buy now while it's the best opportunity to do so.

Whether or not you decide to buy a retirement home well in advance depends on your current financial situation and your retirement goals. Home prices and mortgage rates are going higher in the coming years so if you already know what where you want to retire, now is definitely a good time to buy.
 
 
Author: Brian McKay
March 28th, 2013