they are continuing to climb at around the same pace as they have been in recent months. Which is to say, the price increases haven’t yet slowed.
Of course, how quickly prices are increasing depends on where you’re looking to buy. Large metropolitan areas – and especially those in the
West – are seeing the sharpest increases, while the price gains are more muted in the Midwest. But, no matter where you are, the best way
to prepare for higher prices is to know what you want, what you can afford, and where your limits are. In competitive and higher priced markets,
having a firm idea of what you can spend and where you’ll compromise will make it less likely that you’ll end up going over budget because of a
bidding war or buying more house than you can comfortably afford. Making sure you’re prepared before heading out to look at homes also means
securing financing in advance, so you’ll be ready to make an offer when you find a home you love.