Good News From The Real Estate Bust! – End of Subruban Communities

December 20, 2009

The housing crush has had a range of side effects across the nation. However, with more and more new home developments struggling to fill the new properties, a new phenomenon has appeared. There are fewer and fewer new suburban developments showing up on the fringes of communities.

Expansion that was so rampant in the real estate boom has suddenly disappeared or stalled midproject, leaving empty houses gaping at passerbys.Some of these communities are filled with homes that are in foreclosure which makes it harder to sell a home next door. Home owners have vacant lots next to them and they need to stop foreclosure themselves.

What are the pros and cons to the recent disappearance of these suburban communities? Besides the obvious financial troubles with the construction companies associated with these areas, there is an impact for the local homeowners as well.

With fewer inhabitants and stalled increases in the homeowners to these commuter communities, morning commutes into the city are less than what might have been if these suburban areas had filled. Enticed by lower prices and more house available through these suburban communities, more and more homeowners looked to purchase these properties during the real estate boom years. However, as the real estate market has stopped, these homes are not being filled, making the commute to the city a little easier.

Areas like Prince William County have shown the impact of this suburban community disappearance. With a deflated real estate market and increasing gas prices, the foreclosures have pushed median home prices down 32 percent in just the last year alone. Fewer individuals are on the interstate and more are crushed into crowded buses headed to Washington D.C. This area of the county has seen the impact of tightened credit restrictions and fewer buyers. The bubble has popped here and the impact was swift and sudden.

Zillow recently performed an analysis of markets to determine what has happened to the inner and outer suburbs in major cities nationwide. What they found was very interesting. Essentially, the prices for inner suburbs, those within a ten mile radius from the center of the city had changed little. However, as the radius grew larger and larger as far as fifty miles from the center of the city, the prices dropped drastically.

Of course, if the city was close enough to another major metropolitan area such as the case with Washington D.C. and Baltimore, for example the prices would begin to rise again as proximity to the neighboring town increased. Other cities proved the opposite reaction. Some areas like Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit that often have rough and tumble downtown areas still saw improved prices in the suburbs far away from the center of the city. Detroit has a weak economy in the center of town, making homes here less desirable than the benefits offered in the surrounding communities. Atlanta, on the other hand, has had a number of premium condos built that has offset the nearby home values.

An oversupply of new homes in the suburbs is affecting the existing home communities nearby. As fewer and fewer new home developments are being purchased, these properties are drastically reducing their prices to get the homes sold. Oftentimes, these price drops ultimately cause the entire neighborhood to lower prices because the competition is all around.

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The Pain of Home Over-Improvement

August 3, 2008

Upgrade your kitchen and master bath and you will instantly see a high financial payout is the common wisdom in the home improvement market. But putting in high-end appliances and upgrades to your home does not instantly ensure a full recoup of the costs plus profit. There are other factors involved in a smart home improvement plan.

Updating a kitchen with all of the latest high-end materials like granite countertops and cherry cabinets used to be a sure-fire way to improve a home, and its price on the market. Nowadays, however, home sellers are discovering that they might have taken on too many home improvements and priced themselves out of their neighborhood.

There is much more inventory on the market currently than there was during the real estate boom. For this reason, home buyers are less and less impressed with granite countertops and custom design work. However, for the sellers who have spent thousands with the hope that the improvements would help them sell their homes fast and for more money, a nightmare awaits. Upscale renovations are now returning roughly 70% of their initial costs, giving many home sellers a startling shock. Sellers who have thought their upgrades to be a sure thing are instead left wondering what went wrong.

The danger and pain of over-improving a home is growing. Fewer and fewer high-end projects are seeing the profits that were promised and investors are not seeing the return they expect.

An upscale bathroom renovation can cost an average of $50,590. However, analysts estimate that only $34,588 can be added to a home value, making only a 68.4% return. In 2006, bathroom renovations would show a 72.8% return. Kitchens can have a better return overall with roughly 74.1%.

If a homeowner is making the changes only to help with the home sale and price, the results might not be what they expect. However, if the homeowner wants to upgrade the kitchen, bath or overall layout of the home for themselves as well as future home sales, these renovations are the smarter move. These homeowners can enjoy the upgrades and recoup their costs in future sales years after the renovations have been completed. In other words, if you do upgrades for your home for yourself and your family, you are making the smart investment. If you are making these changes only for a no-name sellers increased interest, you will not see a big return on your investment.

The impact of these reports on negative returns on upscale improvements has shown a decline in the demand for high-end materials. The demand for luxury appliances declined from 65% to 47% in 2007. Items like wine refrigerators decreased from 53% to 49%.

Where are the upgrades that make the most sense for your property? Increasing curb appeal is always a smart move. With a strong curb appeal, the property is more apt to get serious buyers who are interested in the home. The return on these investments can be up to 88%, but if the curb appeal secures your future sale, it is worth every penny.


The Fight over Mortgage Rules

July 20, 2008

Considering the current state of the real estate market, it came as no surprise that the Federal Reserve would swoop in to regulate and tighten allowances on mortgages for homebuyers. The overhaul of the mortgage lending system is in full swing with consumer groups and lenders on both sides of the arguments. The hope is that these regulations will put the current mortgage lending industry in a more stable and profitable situation in the long-run. Currently, the extension of credit to homebuyers that are incapable of fulfilling their end of the deal harm the lending company, the homebuyer and the real estate market in general.

Currently, many consumer groups are claiming that mortgage regulations are too lax with a variety of loopholes. These loopholes make it too easy to allow reckless lending, which in turn causes more and more instability in the real estate market. However, industry specialists and mortgage lenders argue that these more stringent proposals will become a larger burden on current and future lenders and will reduce the amount of credit they can extend. In essence, a restriction on the amount of credit available is exactly what the Federal Reserve is analyzing the need for. After all, the number of homebuyers who gained credit through unsteady means has put the real estate market in its current unbalanced slump.

Analysts are interested to see which way the Federal Reserve heads. More than 2,500 comments had been submitted on proposals that had prompted a review of the current mortgage lending situation. However, any revisions on the mortgage lending industry now will not help current homeowners who have already fallen behind on their mortgage payments and trying to avoid foreclosure. However, the idea is that with revised mortgage restrictions, they can prevent the current real estate crisis from occurring again in the near future. In particular, the aim is to prevent the real estate crisis on subprime mortgages.

The hope is to have responsible mortgage lending and home purchases to encourage stable lending and a stronger economy overall. However, the Federal Reserve wants to restrict mortgage availability with credit lenders while simultaneously offering plenty of credit to stable qualifiers.

There are four new rules for lending that the Federal Reserve will consider, including some of the following:

  • Preventing lenders from engaging in a practice that will make loans difficult to afford
  • Limiting prepayment penalties
  • Requiring lenders to establish an escrow account for taxes and insurance of the property
  • Verifying income and assets for all potential lending candidates 

These rules would make mortgage lending more stable across the board, although lenders state that these restrictions would make future lending more difficult. In addition, the regulations would disallow banks that pay brokers for steering homeowners into higher-priced loans, rather than the more appropriate loans they can afford. The brokers would also be unable to coerce appraisers into stating the home value for less than it currently is for the mortgage lending process. Unfortunately, these practices all contributed to the current demise of our real estate market situation.


More Sell My House Tips For Sale With Owner

June 19, 2008

Clutter can be a house selling nightmare. Show off how large and beautiful your home is. Even if you dont have a lot of space, you dont want to send the signal to future buyers that you dont have enough storage by putting your clutter everywhere. If you need to, put boxes and things in the trunk of your car or ask a friend who has room if you can leave a few things at his/her house for a few months.

At the worst, you might need to rent a small storage space. Although most homeowners would balk at the idea of renting a storage unit while selling their home, removing the junk and clutter can have a huge impact on your home-selling possibilities. If your buyers cannot see the walls, they can’t appreciate the little things that helped to sell your house to you in the first place.

Another sharp tip to selling your home faster is by organizing your closets. Nothing distresses buyers more than opening a closet that is packed and messy. It sends the signal that you cannot find room for your own clothes so how will they? Try to put your clothes and things in boxes and hide in the attic or in another closet to make the closets appear larger. Buyers want storage space.

If you are really thinking how can I sell my house. The best option is to contact a local real estate professional online to recieve a free, no obligation offer. It takes one minute to complete the online form and you can expect to receive an offer within 24 hours. These are professional home buyers who buy houses quickly from all kinds of people in all kinds of home selling situations.

Put away knickknacks, family pictures and other sentimental things to avoid drawing your buyer away from the home to look at your pictures. You want them to picture themselves in your home so that they will buy it. Although it might seem harsh to put away family pictures for the entire time that your home is on the market, but it can help your buyers see what they want a new home for themselves to create memories.

Do your walls need a fresh coat of paint? Interior paint purchases can be a wise move for homes whose walls have dulled. You might not even realize how much your walls have faded over the years until you put a fresh coat of paint on. Grab some friends and towels to cover the furniture and floors and get to work on putting a fresh coat on. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Now that you have tackled the walls, how are your floors? Do you need to replace cracked tiles or chipped floors? Take the time to make the changes now in order to sell the property faster in the future.

Bathrooms and kitchens are huge selling point and there is nothing worse than seeing someone elses grim in your future bathroom. Kitchens and bathrooms need to shine brilliantly if you want the home to sell, including grout cleaning, fresh paint, clean appliances and scrub the tub or shower floor until it gleans.

These little tricks can go a long way in renovating and improving your home. Best of all, they don’t cost a ton of money, but will make your house stand out from the competition. Implement some of all of these tips and you are on your way to a faster home sale.

However, if you do not have the money or do not want to put the effort into fixing up your home and putting it on the market you can always receive a free offer from a professional local home buyer. They exist in every major real estate town and you have no obligation to accept their offer. You can sell your house quick for sale with owner and have no real estate costs.


Tips To Sell My House

June 18, 2008

Although the real estate market might be a bit slow right now, there are always things you can do to speed up the sale of your home and you dont have to spend a ton of cash to make it happen. You can find small amounts of well spent cash that will turn your property into a show stopper that everybody will want to buy. You need to improve your chances of selling and get the best price possible for your new home.

If tons of cash comes to mind when you think of the word home renovations, think again. Although the big home renovation projects will cost you, there are a number of small cost choices that can have a big impact on the sale of your home. Typically, some of the most effective fix up quick tips are also the cheapest and have the biggest impact on the future sale of your home.

Stand outside in the front yard of your house facing your property. What do you see? Now pretend youve never seen the house before. What stands out? Do you have weeds? Chipped paint? A messy looking landscape system? Are there cracks in your driveway? When a potential homebuyer pulls up to your front door, they are immediately making judgments in their mind. Control that first impression judging with some lively, fresh landscaping in the front yard. Buy bright flowers or trim the hedges. If you need to clean your gutters or declutter your front yard, this manual labor can add dollars to your sale price and make it more likely to sell. Real estate agents call it curb appeal, but any savvy homeowner will just call it making a great first impression.

How does the paint currently look on the outside of your home? If you cant afford to give your entire home a new, fresh look, start on the doors and window trim. A quick new paint job in these areas can go a long way to making your home look brighter and more inviting. While you are working on the windows, be sure to clean the panes to make them sparkle. Remove any torn or old screens and make sure that the exterior lights work. Potential homebuyers could drive by in the evening to see the neighborhood and you don’t want your property to be dark and dreary.

Move onto the inside of your home. Are there any persistent smells? If you are trying to sell your home, you will want to cover up any bad smells like greasy foods, cat litter box or other troublesome odors. Many real estate agents will suggest baking cookies or bread before a visit, lighting candles before you show your home and numerous other tricks to ensure a positive smell when you future buyers walk through the door. One rule of thumb, however, is that you dont want to overwhelm them with any overpowering smells good or bad. Remember that a little bit goes a long way here.

The trick to selling your home is that you want to have a great impression from start to finish. You want it to be clean, obviously, but you also want to remember that your future buyers are experiencing your home from a variety of different perspectives.

If you need to sell your home quickly and do not have any cash to fix up your house contact your professional home buyer. You do not have to pay any money to receive an offer on your house and you have no obligation to accept the offer.


Housing Prices Will Rebound in 2009 – Can You Wait To Sell Your House?

May 5, 2008

The real estate market peak, summer 2005 was a great time to be selling a house. All you had to do was post a For Sale sign in the front yard and you could expect multiple offers within days. Many times you would receive offers from individuals searching for homes FSBO and also offers from home buyers who had representation by a real estate agent.

Well summer 2008 is just around the corner and the real estate market is very different from three years ago. If you take an afternoon walk in any major subdivision you will see real estate for sale signs lining the front yards of houses like mail boxes. In cities like Las Vegas, Nevada, Stockton, California and Detroit, Michigan you will be lucky if you find a house with out a for sale sign. These are the cities that have the largest declines since the market peaked in 2005.

So how long will it take for the real estate market to rebound? Real estate economists estimate that home building and prices of existing homes will not stabilize and start to increase until the middle of 2009. This corresponds to the history of real estate cycles. If you research real estate cycles you will find that they typically last 3 to 5 years. That is 3 to 5 years for the real estate market to go down and hit market bottom, and 3 to 5 years for the real estate market to rebound and hit a new peak.

If you own a home and can not afford to hold out for another the real estate cycle then you may be wondering, how can I sell my house now? Well, you are not alone in this predicament. With home buyers waiting on the side lines for home prices to bottom out you will have a hard time selling your home now. There is one way to sell your house if you are very motivated to sell.

You can sell your house to a local we buy houses company. They are basically local entrepreneurs who make a living by owning real estate. They are very knowledgeable in real estate and solving complicated home selling issues. If you are going through a divorce, need to stop a foreclosure, sell your house before your bank takes your property, or if you home is 100 percent financed and you have no equity, they have a home selling solution.


Sell My House in Las Vegas – This is How To Sell a Las Vegas House Fast

May 3, 2008

Home prices in Las Vegas have dropped by over 22 percent in the last 12 months. Each and every month it seems there are more banks taking back properties through the foreclosure process in Las Vegas. That means there are hundreds of people who will have a foreclosure on their credit report which will have devastating affects to their life. Many of these people are saying, how can I sell my house in Las Vegas.

If you are from Las Vegas than you know the hard situation you are faced with. Your home has lost enormous amounts of value and most of you probably owe more for your house than what it is worth. You can not afford your house so you know you need to sell it, ,the problem is who do you sell to?

Well believe it or not there are still people who are buying houses in Las Vegas. Many people do not know that professional home buyers or real estate investors buy houses throughout the country, even in the hardest hit areas like Las Vegas. Home buyers are real estate investors who some times buy properties and hold for long term investments.

If you owe more for your Las Vegas house than what it is worth then you should consider selling your house to a professional home buyer. They will negotiate with the bank to get your name released from the mortgage and complete a successful short sale. This way you will not get a foreclosure status on your credit report, which will save you lots of money and hassle in your future.

Just this year there have been more than 155,000 houses lost to foreclosure. That is an enormous amount of people who either did not put effort into finding a home selling solution or did not know that professional home buyers can help solve complicated real estate situations. There is no reason people should loose their house to foreclosure. Banks will negotiate payoff amounts so you can sell your house.

The problem is many real estate agents and home owners try to conduct short sales themselves with no experience. This can be devastating to all parties involved. If you have never conducted a short sale do not start now. You need to contact a local home buyer who is a professional, knows the short sale process, knows what is required from the loss mitigation department, and knows how to negotiate, if you have any chance at success.

So if you own a Las Vegas house, or any house for that matter and are near foreclosure, or need to sell your house for one reason or another, do not give up. Contact your local home buyer and get a free consultation on your home selling options. There is no charge for any services provided by professional home buyers so you have nothing to loose.