It’s still a buyer’s market. That’s the conclusion of consumers in a new Gallup poll that reveals 67 percent of Americans feel now is a “good time” to buy a house. That hasn’t changed much since April 2009.
So despite harder-to-come-by financing and the possibility of a housing double-dip, it seems historically low interest rates and bargain basement home prices are winning over public opinion. Interest rates may or may not rise, but the bargain basement prices are likely to continue as home foreclosures are reaching record highs.
Foreclosure headlines are telling. South Florida filings dropped 41 percent in 2010 due to the foreclosure freeze. And some are asking if foreclosure lawyers’ misdeeds are being ignored in Florida. Despite the freeze and other legal questions, though, Florida still ranks second in the number of foreclosures in 2010.
And the worst may be yet to come. News reports are citing studies that show real estate short sales are set to increase in 2011 as banks attempt to dispose of defaulting loans without foreclosing. And many may get caught flat-footed in the South Florida foreclosure wave.
As you read all of these headlines, keep in mind that if it’s a buyer’s market, that also means it’s a seller’s market. And with all the foreclosures hitting the market, it’s a good time for a buyer to seek a short sale purchase. Oppenheim Law’s sister company Weston Title & Escrow has been very successful closing short sale deals and guiding clients through the process of both buying and selling short sales.