Recovering real estate market
There is no agreement between economists and bankers as to the health of the real estate market, with some saying the real estate market is already recovering, others saying we are now at or near the bottom of housing. With housing and employment so inseparable, it stands to reason that the areas with recovering employment levels mean improving foreclosure rates, recovering home prices, home sales and new construction.
Forbes Magazine agrees, highlighting ten cities they believe to be the most likely to experience a real estate rebound, all of which have strong job markets. Forbes looked at the home price changes over the last year and three years, unemployment rates, job growth projections, population shifts, and new home construction rates of the 100 most populated metropolitan statistical areas, comparing these rates to recent years in an effort to predict which markets are on the verge of rebounding. Read more…
10 U.S. real estate markets drawing international buyers
By Inman News, Friday, March 23, 2012.
Affluent international buyers, attracted by fire-sale prices, are snapping up real estate in some U.S. markets. In a report released today, Inman News identifies 10 markets where public records indicate foreign buyers make up the biggest share of overall buyers.
Most of the markets are located in sunny Florida, though areas in Nevada, Arizona, New York and Hawaii are also on the list. The report highlights the economic and personal factors that drive foreign buyers to buy; their preferred property types; top countries of origin; how they find the real estate professionals they work with; why the selected markets appeal to them; and relevant demographic and housing-related characteristics for the markets, including share of foreign-born population, distressed property footprint, home-price trends, and vacancy rates. Read more…
Home Prices Lowest Since 2002
By Jessica Dickler @CNNMoney May 30, 2012
Home prices hit new post-bubble lows in March, according to a report out Tuesday.
Average home prices were down 2.6% from 12 months earlier, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 major markets. Home prices have not been this low since mid-2002.
“While there has been improvement in some regions, housing prices have not turned,” said David Blitzer, spokesman for S&P.
Although five cities — Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Portland — saw average home prices hit new lows, that’s an improvement from last month’s report, in which nine cities notched new lows, Blitzer noted. Read more…
What the Fed’s Low Interest Rates Mean
By Zillow, Posted Jan 26th 2012
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve announced today that they will keep interest rates low until at least late 2014 in an effort to help jump-start the sluggish economy by making it less expensive to borrow money across all segments of the economy.
What this means for homebuyers and current homeowners is that mortgage rates for a purchase loan or to refinance will remain remarkably low in the near-term, keeping affordability high. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell below 4 percent on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace in mid-October 2011 and has dropped as low as 3.67 percent in recent weeks. Read more…
10 Cheap Ways to Sell Your House for More
By Ross Boissoneau | Money Talks News – Thu, Jul 5, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, mortgage rates plummeted to all-time lows – 3.67 percent for a 30-year loan and 2.94 for a 15-year loan. They’ve crept up a bit lately, but they’re still a bargain. So why can’t I sell either of my houses?
That’s right, I have two homes to sell: the house I live in now and the house I grew up in. My current home has been on the market for more than a year, and my family home since a month after my mother’s death. But despite showings, open houses, and those historically low mortgage rates, neither has sold.
But I’m confident that will change – because I recently consulted professionals whose advice should help me sell faster. Implementing some of their advice would cost hundreds, but some could be cheap or free… Read more…
Is Now the Time to Buy Your First House?
May 14, 2012, The Wall Street Journal
It’s been a scary few years for the housing market. But at some point, the nightmare has to end (please?). Is now the time? Should first-time home buyers consider jumping into the market?
After all, home prices have fallen 34% from their 2006 peak and mortgage rates are hovering at or near record lows.
On one side are those who argue that homes are more affordable than they have been in decades, based on how much monthly income a mortgage consumes and whether owning is less costly than renting.
An uptick in home buying by investors already is under way, they say—an indication that those who wait may miss out on a good buying opportunity. Read more…