This is a great time to review your finances. If you have not thought of buying a rental property before ...it's time. Facing the current market of homes dropping in prices and rates in a all time low...it's time to look at these opportunities. There is a wave of people loosing homes, but still need to live somewhere. They are what is referred to as the Temporary Homeowners, which are folks who really were renters, got into homes for little to no down payments and were unable to pay their home or able to upkeep the maintainence, The current stats show that these homes are going back to the bank and investors are picking up great buys. It's the 80's all over again with a twist...the rates are way better than they were back then.
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Interesting. From what I've read, people expect the housing market to get worse. Maybe another 12 months until it bottoms out.
The interest rates are better, but the standards for qualifying for a investment property are pretty steep now. It will require a significant cash position and the rates are usually a quarter to a half point more at least.
I've been meaning to write a blog post about this...
Agree to Paul on this. More, I believe it will take several years for housing market to bottom out. And much deeper decline in prices...
Worse depends on your perspective -- there are winners and losers when home prices decline.
If you own a home, and expect to continue to live in it (or plan to exchange it for a similar home) you haven't really lost anything. If you don't own a home, but want to buy one, declining prices are great -- you can get more house for your money.
The people it really hurts are -- 1) old people that were counting on the false equity to buoy their retirement as they downsized or stopped owning a home altogether, 2) people that over extended themselves into investment properties that they couldn't afford, 3) people that were preyed on by the mortgage industry (or depending on your perspective -- foolishly entered into agreements they didn't really understand), and now have negative equity and payments they can't possibly afford.
It would have been better for the economy if the market had been more rational all along, but the sooner house prices align with fundamentals the better as far as I'm concerned. I don't know what the right approach is to lessen the macroeconomic effects of the correction, I'm not sure there is much that can be done.
I'm not sure either we have had home prices increase 10 fold while income has stayed the constant. I dont know how the next generation will afford housing.
Hi Paul -
If you ever decide to break your silence and write a hub, this is your topic! That was a great summary of the situation.
I agree with Paul. There are winners and losers in every contest whether it be poker or stocks or the soft real estate market. There is no shortage of people stating that the bottom is not here yet, and may be 6 months or more away. In my market, there are excellent buys available, and activity is picking up because of it.
You would be better off researching your own local market than listening to the news.
Its the time to invest in real state. If purchased any land or building this time it will cost you too less. This time to go for real state field.
Okay let's see. Well look at where the market is right now where you live. It's probably been pretty hammered. So could it go down another ten percent? Definitely, could it go down another twenty fife percent possibly. Could it go down another fifty percent I don't think so.
Now, let's look at that same property from an investment perspective. In many area of the country you can buy a home and rent it right now for positive cash flow, which means more money in income than you pay in bills for upkeep monthly. Four years ago that was not the case and everyone would have said that was a good time to buy real estate. Now saying all of this i could be totally wrong and i could lose my shirt and be surviving off HP income for the rest of my life lol.
Look at that house for sale down the street what would the mortgage and taxes be on it? What woud the rental market in your area support check craigslist. The rental market is very strong lots of demand across the country. Now if you have positive cash flow even if prices fall another ten to twenty five percent as long as you someone paying your mortgage and a little extra for you, you can wait till prices stabilize. Because like the stock market bubble prices will not stay at this level forever. In fact in my area they have started to go up slowly over the months, nothing to write home about but enough.
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