Opinion for 2009 Buyers and Sellers!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West

Don't believe everything you read or see on the TV news programs!  As a 30 year real estate veteran, it is my opinion real estate continues to be the best financial investment anyone can make.  There is always the good, the bad and the ugly with anything.  The good about todays' real estate market.....lowest mortgage interest rates in my years as a REALTOR......lenders are renogiating with homeowners to assist against foreclosures......housing is more affordable than prior years......there are many bargains for first time buyers and investors......undedicated and uneducated REALTORS are leaving the business-which means you have more experienced agents to represent your real estate transaction. 

The bad about todays' real estate market....credit issues are tightening (more restrictions, more documentation, appraisal issues etc.)....consumer confidence is low due to negative PR by the newspapers & TV news programs....buyers looking at homes are waiting for who knows what!  The ugly about todays real estate market....the negative impact the bail-out issues could have! 

Quit living in the past.  Home prices are what they are today.  Get over 2003-2005 prices!  Be realistic about your real estate expectations.  NOW is a great time to purchase a home!  NOW understand that we are in a BUYERS Market...your home must be priced according to what a buyer is willing to pay and what an appraisor says it is worth.  NOW talk to a REALTOR and a local mortgage lender  to learn the market value of your present home and what is available to purchase.  You may see that the negative press is not telling you the truth!! 


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Debbi Mortus
VA 2 The Rescue - Thornton, CO
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Carol, Great Post!  You are right, we can't buy gas for 50 cents a gallon anymore and the housing market has changed and we can't go back! This is what we have and this is what we need to deal with!   I strongly agree that buyers and sellers need to talk to professionals and not listen to the media! 

Welcome to AR! 


Jan 16, 2009 09:30 AM #1
Kenneth Bargers
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Nashville, TN

Carol - Thank you for the post!  Very well delivered.

Jan 16, 2009 09:48 AM #2
Sean Carr

Realtors are great professionals to talk to if one decides to buy or sell a house.  If your postponing the purchase or sale of a primary residence or investment property because of concerns over future pricing, try to educate yourselves on local, national, and global economic trends or seek out a financial planner. Do not seek this advice from a realtor.  They are not bad people but their license requires less than a month of training. They have no education in finance, economics and financial planning and the professional economists their trade organization (NAR) employ's have made wildly inaccurate predictions. Working in Real Estate for 30 years requires no formal education in any of these areas.  My auto mechanic has repaired cars for 30 years and is very very good. Would anyone believe that qualifies him in any way to predict the future stock price of Ford or Toyota or to tell if autos will become cheaper or more expensive in 2009?   Of course not.   Likewise Realtors, despite all their blustering, are wholly unqualified to make economic predictions with any accuracy. The slogan "It's a great time to buy or sell!" translates to "It's a great time for me to earn a commission!".

Jan 16, 2009 10:29 AM #3
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Realtors are suppose to be financial advisors.  The truth is hard for some sellers to understand.  I lost a listing recently to a competitor because I was honest and said their home needed a price reduction.  Of course, when they relisted, the price was reduced.

Jan 16, 2009 11:30 AM #4
Ken Montville
RE/MAX United Real Estate - College Park, MD
The MD Suburbs of DC

I would say that it is indeed important to study the market and, if you are so inclined, check in with the economists and financial planners of the world. At some point, though, all of this research leads to "analysis paralysis".  You can't do anything because you just have to check out one more source.

Buying a home is, in fact, a good investment especially with low prices (relative to the early "00s) and 30 year fixed interest rates that could dip into the high 4s with points! (low 5s without points)

However, purchasing a home (assuming this will be a primary residence -  your home) is a lot more than crunching the numbers, It has to do with neighborhoods, schools, parks, transportation, shopping and all the intangibles that go into the "why" of picking out a home.

I could go on and on...but I'll let it rest.  Suffice it to say, that now is a good time to buy.  I haven't met a Seller yet that has their home on the market in the middle of winter who wasn't really, really motivated to sell.

Jan 17, 2009 03:28 AM #5
Carol Murphy
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Greater Cleveland, OH

Thank you for your comments.  It is nice to know that everyone has an opinion and we don't always have to agree with those opinions.  The great thing is that someone read my opinion and I value the time they spent reading and responding.  Thanks to everyone.

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