But don't go popping corks on the Veuve just yet. While it may be true home sales have risen to their highest level in 2.5 years the experts accurately state that this jump in sales was due to many buyers having already been under contract before the first time home buyer tax credit was extended to April of 2010. That being said, we are likely to see stagnant sales over the winter and then they will ramp up as we near the April 2010 tax credit deadline. From the omniscient experts,
Experts forecast that prices will fall again. Most say they will hit a new low next spring, perhaps falling another 5 to 10 percent, as more foreclosures get pushed onto the market.I've already expressed my concern about the threat of rising and/or continuing foreclosures. And it looks like the experts agree.
A record-high 14 percent of homeowners with a mortgage were either behind on payments or in foreclosure at the end of September, the Mortgage Bankers Association said last week.What this means to you, Dear Reader, is that if you are in a neighborhood full of short sales and foreclosures, you may have to wait until 2011 before you see a turn around in prices. If your neighborhood doesn't have that many short sales or foreclosures your home value will still feel the indirect effects of a lousy economy laden with foreclosures. So sit tight. Update that kitchen or the master bath, beef up your landscaping and enjoy your home. And if you get relocated and have to sell then at least your home will be in great selling condition.