Though the numbers seem a little conservative, here’s a good basic article about what buyer like when looking at your home. In the meantime, these are good bang-for-buck ideas whilst you occupy. Webmaster. ps. Please make sure to pre-wire cable/phone/audio etc to the garage before drywalling…we guys like to watch the game & listen to tunes while tinkering outside.
Despite record affordability of homes, buyers are still spooked and staying on the sidelines
..Existing home sales plunged nearly 10 percent in February to their lowest level in nine years. It was the largest drop since July. Forty percent of those sales were on distressed properties. And new home sales are on track to come in at just 250,000 this year, the fewest since the Kennedy administration, when there were 120 million fewer people in the United States….
Nationwide, forecasters expect house prices to drop at least 5 percent more this year.
..A recent study by Capital Economics found that 60 percent of sales are to foreigners and investors, most of them paying cash. In fact, in international real estate circles, the U.S. is viewed as the “new emerging market,”………..
YAHOO’s reason for not buying, and a Realtors rebuttal. Obviously, having been a long time owner AND landlord myself, do you think I’d rent at a loss to you making it better for YOU to rent ? Please, after having rented to 50+ parties, I’ll own & gladly rent to you. Noted omission to reasons for owning: at the end you own something ( or me your landlord owns something ! ). signed, webmaster
How might home buying change if the federal government shuts down the housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan, the steady favorite of American borrowers since the 1950s, could become a luxury product, housing experts on both sides of the political aisle say.
Interest rates would rise for most borrowers, ……
Life without Fannie and Freddie is the rare goal shared by the Obama administration and House Republicans,………..The reasons by now are well understood. Fannie and Freddie, created to increase the availability of mortgage loans, misused the government’s support to enrich shareholders and executives by backing millions of shoddy loans. Taxpayers so far have spent more than $135 billion on the cleanup.