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Some Sellers are having a tough decision to make in the current Real Estate Market. After living in their home 5-10 years, homeowners who have a need to move due to things like job transfers, or growing families, are finding that they need to make a hard decision.
Should they sell now, or should they find a way to wait out this upside down real estate market and gain more equity. Can they purchase a new home without tapping into the equity of the home they own, and live in right now? Is that house payment low enough that they would be able to rent the home, and not lose money each month? These are a few of the questions they need to examine, and answer, before making a final decision on what is best for them to do.
These are NOT homeowners who are in distress. They aren't missing house payments. They don't need bailouts, or short sales, or loss mitigation officers. They are responsible homeowners who have been making their payments on time, and in many cases have been slowly paying extra on the mortgage to try to get an early payoff.
The problem is that there are so many short sales, foreclosures, and bank repo's on the market nowdays that there isn't any real way to value their property without using distressed sales as comparables, which decimates the equity they've been working to gain, and protect.
If possible, this may be the perfect opportunity for these homeowners to become real estate investors by keeping the property, and getting their real estate agent to assist them in finding either a renter, or someone needing a lease-option contract. This gives them the ability to move on, and delay the sale of their property until the market has recovered.
This would also mean that they would still have the opportunity to find a great new home, at a great price, in thier new hometown. Then down the road, when they sell the investment property, they could have even more money to put towards the loan balance on the home they live it, thus further protecting, and growing the equity value of their property.
While it's true that the Real Estate Market is in a low cycle, it isn't necessarily true that everyone who must sell, for whatever reason, will end up with less equity than they counted on, or must have, in order to continue living in a home that meets their current needs.
As real estate agents, our clients count on us to look out for their best interests, and to help them make informed decisions that serve those best interests. We have access to information, and specialists that can be consulted, and referred to for help with our clients so they can make the best decision for their individual situation.
We have the opportunity to prove that we ARE the experts the public need, and want, and are willing to employ, because we go out everyday and prove our professionalism by looking out for their real estate needs.
What do you think is the best solution right now for this type of homeowner? Does holding onto the property mean that they increase thier chances of gaining more equity, or will renting the property risk future values, should the renters take poor care of it?
I'd love your point of view, and voice of real estate market experience...
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.