Happy 4th of July, Donna!
I am a licensed Realtor in Georgia. It may sound a bit cliche' but I believe that any time is a good time to buy real estate so long as you do your research or have a professional real estate agent familiar with your area by your side to advise and consult with you. Pay particular attention to comparable sales prices, market trends (particularly appreciation rates), and other factors like mortgage rates, insurance, taxes, school ratings and seller-paid buyer incentives.
Although I may not be familiar with your particular market in Burnsville, NC, I believe that you must first ask yourself a few of the following questions:
(1) Am I purchasing for investment or for a place to live?
(2) If investment, what are my goals? What amount do I want to net from quickly flipping the property or what amount of passive income do I want to generate if I hold onto the property for a specified period of time?
(3) If purchasing to occupy, do I really want to design & build my home from scratch or would I prefer to purchase a good resale in an area that may be close to family, work or recreation attractions of interest?
(4) How long do I plan to own this property?
(5) How much can I afford to spend each month on payments (including principle, interest, taxes and insurance or PITI) and still have money left over to enjoy life, vacation, eating out, gifts for birthdays & holidays as well as furniture and home maintenance?
After you go through the above question & answer exercise, consider seeking the professional advice of a Buyer's Agent or Realtor. I recommend that you seek a professional who holds an Accredited Buyer's Representative or ABR designation issued by the National Association of Realtors.
Wishing you much success in your real estate endeavors.
Ted Shoop - ABR, e-PRO, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners