Housing Trends for Fall 2011

by Christine DemosOctober 24, 2011

According to Bankrate.com, there are a few housing trends that we should expect to see this fall. What’s on the list? Well, no surprise but mortgage rates and foreclosures or distressed properties made the top.

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Mortgage Rates Still Look Good

Everyone has been talking about mortgage rates. Mortgage rates this and mortgage rates that. They are at a historic low, but that won’t always be the case. When the economy starts picking up, there will be a bump in mortgage rates. But that doesn’t appear to be for a long time. It looks like the fall season will still be a great time, if you qualify under the new lending requirements, to buy a home. See what rates you can qualify for on Homes.com mortgage center!

Foreclose Your Home & Become a Renter

For homeowners who lose their home to foreclosures, renting is the only option. Investors are starting to see that foreclosed homes can become rentals to those individuals who aren’t able to buy a home, especially due to the tight lending requirements. “Investors can buy with low interest rates (and) low prices, and rent that property out,” says Shaun White, a vice president for the RE/MAX real estate network. “The dollars work out. In a few years when prices appreciate, they can consider selling the properties. In the meantime they are providing affordable living to people.”

Loan Limits Push Home Values Down

This is not news a home owner wants to hear; but with the recent adjustments in the loan limits, reducing the maximum loan amount in high-cost areas to $625,500 and, in some areas, to $550,000 from $729,750, loan limits can hurt home values. The home values in high-priced markets will be hit the hardest, but they won’t be the only markets affected. And if you are looking to sell, you may be forced to reduce the asking price on your home, so that the price is within the new limits to attract a broader group of buyers.

It isn’t all bad news for real estate this fall. If you’re a buyer who can qualify for a mortgage then this is your time. Mortgage rates are historically low and home prices are declining with the distressed properties hitting the market, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!

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