Home Buyers Don’t Miss The Boat!

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Home Buyers Don’t Miss The Boat!

That is right yet another blog about why you should buy a home now if you are even considering it. You need to understand the actual facts that are creating a “perfect storm” situation for buying a home.

First of all interest rates are at a historically low level. Just for an actual example I had a buyer (a young woman, a nurse) qualify and lock in her interest rate to buy a home at the amazingly low interest rate of 3.75%! I am sorry but my jaw dropped when I saw that email that we got her locked in for her mortgage at 3.75% FIXED RATE. That is right this is not an adjustable rate (which they will give you a low teaser rate for the first few years). The interest rates have not been this low in well over a quarter of a century. So if you think you are going to ride this out and then buy later you will most likely be paying a much higher interest rate. As I was speaking with a Vice President at a local bank last week he told me that I should get rid of any variable rate debt. In other words any debt that the interest rate is not fixed. They are saying that by 2013 the interest rates will be in the double digits which is over 10%. That means even if the market stays depressed you will be paying much more for that home over the course of your time in that home.Rising Rates

Secondly as we have all seen the housing market is still slightly depressed in the pricing sector. HOWEVER, remember that real estate is an EXTREMELY regional business. For instance our market here in Greensboro, NC is much better then say the market in Las Vegas, NV. Here in North Carolina most of our markets did not take such a bad hit as many of the nationally reported markets that the national news media love to report on. In relation to the housing market there is one factor that is rapidly changing the landscape. The inventory of homes for sale is dropping. It is very surprising how many homebuyers are flooding the market. I have spoken with agents & brokers all over from in our own market here in the Triad of North Carolina (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem) and we are all surprised at how busy we are with so many buyers emerging over a short period of time. I have even hired extra agents to handle the influx of buyers.
Well all of these buyers are buying up the existing inventory of homes available for sale. Well for those students of economics (Thank you Dr. Bebensee my Economics Professor) this is effecting the Supply and Demand Curve. To put it simply as the supply goes down the demand will go up! So as the demand rises so will the prices.

In real estate how we determine when our market starts to turn is when our inventory levels are at a 6 month supply. Over a year ago we had over 15 months of inventory on hand. How we arrive at this figures is simply taking the number of homes sold in a given thirty day period and divide it into the number of homes presently for sale. Just to satisfy your curiosity we have less then 9.8 months of inventory. So just remember as that number continues to decrease the demand/price of homes will be affected.

The moral is: This “Perfect Storm” for homebuyers is coming to an end so don’t the boat!

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As the Broker-in-Charge, owner and founder of Total Care Realty, LLC, Larry is focused on quality of service. He believes in being on the cutting edge of any product or process that will help market the client’s property or help them find the perfect home. Larry has been consistently recognized as going above and beyond for his clients; he was described as a ‘personal concierge Realtor®’ early on in his Real Estate career. Drawing on his past experience of owning restaurants and working with new technology, innovation is his focus. Larry often says, “we are not afraid to take advantage of new technology as soon as it is available instead of waiting for a corporate office to tell us what we are allowed to do”. This is a benefit of being an independent Real Estate company. As a graduate of The Citadel, instilled in him is the importance of discipline, loyalty, focus, and determination. Marrying those ethics and ideals with the hard driving focus it took to own and manage restaurants for almost twenty years, has given Larry a passion to make sureclient satisfaction is the number one priority. “As your Personal Concierge Realtor® it is our job to help take care of every need of our clients.” Larry Story — Total Care Realty, LLC — 336-327-1841 also at  http://totalcarerealty.net

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I totally agree, Larry!  You know that getting this message through to buyers can be difficult with the national news being so prevalent.  I am forever creating market reports to show buyers that the majority of the marketplace in my territory is at a 95%+ list to sales ratio.  I just hope they don't miss the boat--with the low interest rates...

Dec 16, 2011 04:42 PM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I could not agree more.  Now is the perfect storm for a great buy.

Dec 16, 2011 04:58 PM #2
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I also agree Larry.  It is a great time for buyers to get off the fence.  Well written!

Dec 17, 2011 12:21 AM #3
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate


So true but just like the interest rates which are bound to change eventually is the fact that the inventory levels are dropping.  


Many buyers are jumping off the fence just worried many more will miss the opportunity.



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