Month: July 2020

Buying Property 2020

buying house year 2020
buying house year 2020

The start of a new decade often spurs people on to make financial decisions and goals, and if one of yours is to buy a house, you may be wondering whether 2020 is the right time to do so. The answer? It depends.

Should you buy a property 2020 ?

One good reason to buy a home this year? Mortgage rates are at an all-time low. As of this writing, buyers with a credit score of 760 or above could qualify for a 3.301% APR on a 30-year fixed mortgage.

Whether now’s the right time to buy a home should largely boil down to your personal financial circumstances more so than mortgage rates and housing market inventory. Keeping the above in mind, this year could be the right one to buy a home if you can check the following

Keeping the above in mind, this year could be the right one to buy a home if you can check the following

  • You have good credit. Though it’s possible to qualify for a mortgage with a lower credit score, the higher yours is, the more likely you are to get approved for the most competitive rates available. And that could be your ticket to making home ownership more affordable.
  • Your current debt load is manageable. Your debt-to-income ratio measures your monthly debt obligations relative to the income you bring in. The lower it is, the greater your chances of getting approved for a mortgage. But home loan approval aside, having less debt means you’re better equipped to take on the expense of a home, so rather than focus on that ratio alone, think about how you’re managing the debts you already have. If you can pay them easily, then taking on more debt in mortgage form is something you can likely swing, but if you’re already struggling, you may want to hold off.
  • You have a solid amount of savings. You need savings to not only make a down payment on your home but also to keep up with its ongoing costs and buy yourself protection in the event of unplanned repairs. Ideally. On top of that, you should have enough money left over to cover three to six months of essential living expenses, housing costs included.
  • You have a steady job. If you’ve been with the same company for years, have a good reputation, and have reason to believe your job is stable, then this year may be a good one to buy. But if you’re not confident in your job situation, it definitely pays to wait a few years, get settled at a new company or in a new career, and then move forward with your home buying plans.
New OPR Rate By Bank Negara Malaysia

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) cut its overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points (bps) to a record low of 1.75%

OPR rate by BNM

Including latest OPR cut, BNM has slashed the OPR four times so far this year for a cumulative 125bps reduction.

On Jan 22, 2020, BNM cut the OPR by 25 bps to 2.75% followed by another 25bps reduction on March 3 to 2.5%.

On May 5, BNM slashed the OPR by 50 bps to 2.00 and now witn the latest low cut rate of 1.75%.

The Impact of covid -19

The impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is severe. Global economic conditions remain weak with global growth projected to be negative for the year.

Although a trough is expected in the second quarter, broad-based weakness in labor markets and precautionary behavior by households and businesses could affect the recovery going forward and the pace and strength of the recovery, however, remain subject to downside risks emanating from both domestic and external factors.

Several major economies have begun relaxing measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the gradual resumption of economic activity. 

The reduction in the OPR provides additional policy stimulus to accelerate the pace of economic recovery. The MPC  (Monetary Policy Committee) will continue to assess evolving conditions and their implications on the overall outlook for inflation and domestic growth. opr rate