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Housing: Best time to buy in four years
I read this article on CNN yesterday, it's interesting to see that home prices are finally easing off a bit. We've definitely seen a change in eastern NC compared to the last few years. Enjoy!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- It may be the best time to buy a house in more than four years.
Home prices have dropped so quickly and so far that valuations - the difference between what a home should cost and its actual price - are the lowest they've been since 2004, according to a report.
The Cleveland-based bank National City Corp. (NCC, Fortune 500), together with financial analysis firm Global Insight, revealed Tuesday that more than 88% of the 330 housing markets surveyed showed price declines and improved affordability during the last three months of 2007.
"Housing valuations are almost back to long-term norms," said National City's chief economist, Richard DeKaser. He called current affordability "the best in the past four years."
But DeKaser cautioned that home prices could fall even further.
"This isn't to say home price declines are over," he said. "We could move below historic norms. By the end of 2008, housing markets could be broadly under valued."
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