demand: Owning Becomes More Attractive as Rent's Rise, Home Prices and Interest Rates Fall - 04/09/09 06:48 PM
Demand for rental homes and units in many parts of the country is on the rise as many homeowners who are unable to refinance their mortgages to today's lower rates because their property values have declined have sold their homes "short" or left them altogether after foreclosure. Increased restrictions for obtaining mortgage financing (high credit scores and larger down payments) have also reduced the pool of renters who "qualify" for homeownership.
As demand rises for rental units, the cost of renting should rise. As inventory of homes available for purchase grows, and demand shrinks (or is reduced due to a smaller … (1 comments)

demand: Salt Lake City Utah Population Explosion Predicted - 11/20/08 04:41 PM
The Salt Lake City Board of Realtors published a press release on November 13, 2008 suggesting that the population of the Wasatch Front (Salt Lake Included) is expected to double by the year 2040.
The prognosis was made by Arthur C. Nelson, presidential professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah.
He suggests that the population of the United States will grow faster than any other nation during that time other than India or Pakistan.
By 2040 the population along the Wasatch Front is predicted to reach 4.2 Million as compared to approximately 2 million people today.
The full article can be … (4 comments)

demand: Salt Lake City, Utah Job Market Among the Most Healthy in the Nation - 10/02/08 09:22 AM
The latest Conference Board Press Release (Dated October 1, 2008) shows some areas of the country where the number of available jobs exceeds the number of unemployed. One of those cities (the one at the top!) is Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Conference Board reports that "35 of [the] top 52 Metro areas post over-the-year declines in job demand." Those living in the Salt Lake City area have a lot to be greatful for. The real estate "boom" here started late and ended early when consumers saw surrounding areas starting to bust. Home values have held fairly flat, which is pretty … (4 comments)

demand: Why fewer housing starts in Salt Lake is a good thing. - 08/19/08 02:44 PM
I know you know this, and I know this, but the media doesn't seem to get this...
Fewer housing starts are a good thing!
(Well, at least for now.)
Remember how builders overbuilt and there was a glut of inventory on the marketplace?
Remember how builders were offering the craziest incentives rather than lower their asking prices?
Remember how appreciation all but ceased as thousands of overpriced homes sat on the market?
Well, it would appear that the excess inventory in the Salt Lake Real Estate marketplace is shrinking. Both existing and new construction.
The fact that builders have slowed production … (1 comments)

demand: Salt Lake Market Guestimates - 01/02/08 12:04 PM
An ActiveRain Friend asked the following: 
"I was reading an article that said the Midwest is starting to get a little better,but that the States out by you are going to feel the brunt coming on a little more now. How is the market by you? I was thinking of moving in the future, and I like that area. Is the market getting softer for listings?" 
2007's final statistics should be out soon and this is what I think they will say:
The total number of Sold listings is down (either slowing, or at a minimum, less percentage are selling than last year)
Homes that aren't … (0 comments)

demand: Salt Lake City Market Update - Something's Gotta Give - 04/02/07 08:40 AM
My experience in the first 3 months of this year (2007) is that there were many Sellers (whether of their own initiative, or based on advice from their listing agent) who were putting their homes on the market as if the market was still appreciating at a 20% appreciation rate (which I believe it is not). My clients and I have seen many of these Sellers resort to price reductions of $10,000 or more, some multiple times.
Still, we have seen homes that were reasonably priced for today's market conditions and we have seen those homes sell quickly, often within days of … (1 comments)

 
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