Columbus Real Estate

January 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The state’s capital, Columbus, Ohio, has seen effects on its housing market similar to those in other Midwestern cities. Though the market for real estate in Columbus was not hit as hard as areas on the coast, particularly in the West or the Gulf, residents have seen their home values decline, and many have been forced into foreclosure by the tough economic times. But lately the market shows signs for optimism.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, home sales in October were up by 25.6% from the same period in the previous year, with 2.021 sales, the highest number since October 2006, when the market was in full boom. Most of this increased activity in the Columbus real estate market can be attributed to buyers looking to take advantage of the government stimulus program offering tax rebates of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers, which has since been extended to a broader swatch of buyers.

The supply of homes for sale in Columbus has also fallen, down 30% from last year as the inventory is snatched up by buyers looking for a bargain. The market in late November stood with a 6.9-month supply of inventory, considered a balanced level, compared with 9.8 months in 2008.  and

Prices, however, have yet to recover. The average sales price was $160,000, down from nearly $164,000 in 2008, a decrease of 2.3%. Year to date, the average sales price is down 2.6% from 2008’s figures, at $164,268 from $172,063. The average price remained virtually unchanged from September, however, showing the market is at least stabilizing in price.

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San Bruno real estate

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Real estate in San Bruno has recovered from a slight dip in home property valuation that occurred between December 2008 and June 2009.  During that time, the market value average of homes in the area dropped from over $560,000 to about $540,000.  According to the most recent Yahoo! Real Estate update on November 16, 2009, the 1-year market value change now shows no change, with the value increasing to about $560,000.  The price for foreclosed homes has remained remarkably high and currently sits on a median price of $509,790, just $40,000 lower than the median price of all other homes on the local market.

San Bruno real estate is expected to see a significant rise in home purchase closures following the United States government’s decision to extend and expand the first-time homebuyer’s federal income tax credit.  According to Eve Mitchell’s report in the Oakland Tribune on November 16, 2009, “The law extends until June 30, 2010, the deadline for closing escrow for first-time homebuyers to receive a credit worth up to $8,000. The credit was set to expire Nov. 30. It also adds a credit worth up to $6,500 for taxpayers who buy a replacement primary home provided they have lived in their existing home for at least five of the past eight years. Qualifying income limits were raised substantially for both groups of buyers for homes purchased Nov. 7 or later.”

However, San Bruno homes for sale aren’t completely out of the woods yet.  In fact, J. W. Elphinstone of the Associated Press and Oakland Tribune wrote on November 15, 2009, that buyers are still very cautious in home buying decisions, according to recent survey results.  The uncertainty of the market is still quite visible for all people, the article says.  “Home prices rebounded this summer at an annualized pace of almost 7 percent, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index. But with high unemployment and foreclosures clouding the picture, economists debate whether prices will dip again.”  More shockingly, “Forty-five percent of Americans worry that they or someone they know will face foreclosure in the next year. And almost 30 percent of those with a mortgage have contacted their lender in the past year to reduce their payments.”  Real estate in San Bruno also suffers from an uncertain surrounding community.  With the national unemployment rate topping 10 percent and the local San Bruno numbers matching these staggering figures, it’s no wonder why the market will continue to struggle, although it will begin to ease as the pains of the global recession begin to lessen.  Experts predict that with increasing job placement in San Bruno thanks to local college recruitment events and job fairs open to the community, there will be a larger number of capable home buyers who will help to re-stimulate the neighborhood housing market.

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Raleigh real estate update 2009

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Unlike several other cities and areas of similar size, Raleigh homes for sale continue to remain steady.  From the previous month, the price change of both homes for sale and foreclosures was zero percent, maintaining value at $225,000 and $132,900, respectively, according to Yahoo! Real Estate on November 16, 2009.  Interestingly, one-year market value change forecasts show a relatively stead home valuation at around $187,000 whereas many other housing markets have been subjected to erratic pricing or sometimes significant drops in property value.

For the time being, it appears that the majority of Raleigh real estate will be protected by recently-introduced legislation by North Carolina officials to keep struggling families in their homes.  The Associated Press reported on November 4, 2009 that the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks would “would halt foreclosures once homeowners request a loan modification. Now, lenders simultaneously pursue foreclosure while working with homeowners seeking to modify loan terms.”  Another reprieve for real estate in Raleigh is pending legislation that would “require the mortgage servicer to respond promptly to homeowners when they ask for assistance.”

According to the Winston-Salem Journal’s staff, a report filed on November 12, 2009, stated that foreclosure filings for October were up from the 2008 but down from the previous month.  Unfortunately, the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan statistical area’s number of foreclosed properties jumped 34.9 percent although this was reported to be a unique and isolated month of filings.  According to the displayed statistics, foreclosures in the area jumped to 537.  However, this isn’t all bad news.  Despite the jump in number of foreclosures, the Raleigh median price for foreclosed properties experienced no change, showing positive change in the local real estate market.

More importantly, the federal government’s decision to extend the tax credit for a longer period and to more people has brought hope to thousands of people looking to sell their homes in the Raleigh area.  David Bracken of the News Observe wrote on November 6, 2009 that “the number of people eligible for the new credit is large, and real estate agents hope it will increase sales of houses that are priced beyond the reach of most first-time buyers.”  The article also mentions that a large number of people are looking to sell urban homes in Raleigh so that they can purchase homes in cheaper areas of North Carolina and other nearby states.

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