Posts Tagged ‘Buying a home in Estero FL’

Economists Say Buy Now, as Housing Market is Turning Around

Friday, May 4th, 2012

According to an article by CNN Money featuring Clear Capital’s Alex Villacorte, an improving job market, a decrease in the number of home owners falling behind on their mortgage, and an anticipated improvement in access to mortgages is expected to help home prices start bouncing back by next year.

Home prices have fallen and mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, pushing home affordability for the average family to record highs. Meanwhile, rents have been on the rise, making owning a home cheaper than renting in most areas of the country, according to recent surveys. But these home prices won’t last for long, especially in key markets like Southwest Florida and Central Arizona.

Also contributing to this predicition are investors eyeing profits in rentals and snapping up bank-owned properties. Clear Capital’s Alex Villacorte attributes this as helping to lead to an increase in prices on foreclosed properties. This “could have a significant impact on the market overall in terms of providing a rising floor to home values,” Villacorte told CNNMoney.

Some areas are already seeing prices rise. In Phoenix, housing prices have already increased 8.4 percent during the three months ending April 30, and South Florida saw prices bump up 4.6 percent quarter over quarter, according to Clear Capital data.

If you want to buy, you want to act quickly because mortgage rates are expected to tick up slightly by the end of the year. The increase is being sparked by greater demand, says Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree. He predicts 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will inch up to 4.5 percent by the end of the year, which is still low, however, by historical standards.

The Mortgage Bankers Association is also predicting a big leap in mortgage loans next year. For this year, MBA estimates that buyers will take out loans totaling about $415 billion, but by 2013 that number is expected to nearly double to $706 billion.

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Source: “Buying a Home Won’t get Much Cheaper,” CNNMoney (May 3, 2012)

Homes in Naples to appreciate by 10% this year

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

According to a Lawrence Yun,  chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, homes in Naples will appreciat3e by 10% this year.

Real estate is in recovery, locally and nationally, buyers have stepped up and prices are firming up, said Yun “Some of the hardest hit markets, including Naples, have been leaders in the recovery, he said. That has a lot do with their location. As you all know all real estate is local,” Yun said. “You can not pick it up and move it somewhere else.”

He predicted as much as a 10 percent appreciation in home prices by December in the Naples market over last year. While the markets in neighboring Lee County are recovering too, it’s not happening as fast because they saw more overbuilding during the boom years, Yun also said

Nationally, Yun said he expects home prices to increase by 1 to 3 percent by December. He expects increasing sales nationally, which he said could be boosted by 15 to 20 percent if banks just went back to using “normal underwriting standards,” instead of using such strict standards that are so limiting.

“This is not some wishful thinking,” Yun said, adding that he believed an over correction in the local market has pulled prices down too far.

In Collier County in the first quarter of 2012, pending sales increased 14 percent in the $300,000 to $500,000 market. They were up 29 percent in the $500,000 to $1 million market and rose 14 percent in the $1 million to $2 million market.

The median home price in the quarter increased 14 percent. The median is the price at which half the homes sell for more and half for less.

In addition to Yun, all speakers at the 2012 Economic Summit were optimistic about the real estate market in Southwest Florida.

Yun was just one of five speakers at the 2012 Economic Summit, a first-time event sponsored by the Naples Area Board of Realtors, or NABOR. The event, held at the Realtor association’s conference center off Pine Ridge Road, attracted a sell-out crowd of 250.”It sold out before we could even advertise it to our members,” said Brenda Fioretti, a Naples broker and NABOR spokeswoman.

The other speakers were John Tucillo, a chief economist with Florida Realtors, a statewide trade group; Shelton Weeks, a real estate professor and director of the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development & Finance at Florida Gulf Coast Univesity, Doug Duncan, a vice president and chief economist for Fannie Mae, and Cindy Carroll, the vice president and manager of the residential division at Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants in Naples. All of the speakers delivered a heavy dose of optimism about the real estate market in Southwest Florida.

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Now is the Time to Buy a Home According to a Consumer Survey

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A convergence of factors is leading more Americans to believe that now is a good time to buy a home, according to the latest Fannie Mae Housing Survey.  The belief that rents, home prices and mortgage rates all will rise this year contributed to that determination.

The monthly survey conducted in March found that 73% of respondents believed now is a good time to buy a home, up from 70% in February. “Conditions are coming together to encourage people to want to buy homes,” Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist of Fannie Mae, said in a news release. “With an increasing share of consumers expecting higher mortgage rates and home prices over the next 12 months, some may feel that renting is becoming more costly and that homeownership is a more compelling housing choice.”

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