New Housing Starts Down Again – But Home Sales Continue to Rise – Why?…

New Housing Starts Down Again – But Home Sales Continue to Rise – Why?…

Well the economists have missed their September Housing starts calculate and revised down their August numbers, once again confirming my past article conclusions that the continued monthly increases in residential home sales are due to  the growing numbers of foreclosure and REO products made obtainable by Trusts and edges. 

The growing inventory of distressed homes on the market is continuing to send shock groups by the economy; but it’s also providing investors with a longer and wider window of opportunity to get involved here.  

Despite the efforts of the Obama Administrations federal initiatives to stem the rising tide of foreclosures, some 291,000 foreclosure filings were reported in February, the third highest monthly total since RealtyTrac began following the data in 2005. Such filings include NOD (Notice Of Default) default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions. 

Over the last three years, more than 4 million U.S. homes have been sent into foreclosure.

Whether you’re an investor looking to buy a rental character, an investor looking to buy refurbish and the resell the character, or a homeowner who’s ready to retire and move someplace more affordable, the price of foreclosed similarities mature now, which method it is right for you.

Often, buyers can buy such homes for 20 percent to 60 percent off their possible market value.  

“This is a market where somebody who does their homework can save meaningful money on a home buy and create a nice investment opportunity on a longer-term basis,” said Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac.

If you’re looking to renovate and flip, you must really do your homework on the character first. You must look at recently closed sales within possibly the past 3 months, lets say within a one-half mile radius for very similar similarities. You must have a good building inspector to give you a precise cost calculate on what the repairs are going to cost you to get the character back into condition; you will not be counting on market appreciation here, only the quality of the buy and the cost conscientiousness of the repairs and remarketing expense for your profit. Bear in mind that most similarities going into foreclosure are being returned to the bank due to financial problems. consequently the repairs and maintenance are not typically being kept up with in addition to the rents not being paid.  

But if you’re in a position to ‘buy and keep up’, with the intent of either renting your character for the rental income, sitting on it until the real estate recession subsides, the market is mature for the picking in that regard. You will later receive the market rebound rewards which will surely come after this flood washes by the system. Make no mistake about it, there will always be a foreclosure market to watch and be involved with, just like there is always going to be an unemployment number to watch; both just happen to be much larger during recessions.

“Investors need to be careful and have a long-term strategy,” says March. “I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this economic downturn, so you have to be in a position financially to be able to provide the new mortgage already if you lose your job.”

That method buying in a location where prices are low and need for rental similarities remains strong.

According to RealtyTrac, Nevada, Arizona and California rule the nation in foreclosure rates, while Sunbelt cities, including Las Vegas, Cape Coral-Ft. Myers, Fla., and Stockton Calif., are posting the largest number of foreclosures.   For investors, notes Sharga, a rocky residential market and a growing inventory of foreclosed homes could average a bigger possible payoff down the road.

“If you combine a down market with the kind of discount you’d be looking at with the typical foreclosure, that doubles your opportunity for success when the market comes back,” he said.


the time of action of purchasing foreclosed similarities, however, is also fraught with risk.  

Without preemptive research, an investor could end up buying a home with an noticeable tax or other lien, for which you become responsible.

“I’ve already heard about people going to auction and buying a second mortgage instead of the first and thinking they got a great deal on a house,” said Sharga. 

Before making a buy, investors need to do their homework carefully-that method hiring a contractor to complete a home inspection for big-ticket problems, like structural damage or costly mold.

Investors also need to obtain as precise a figure as possible for how much renovations will likely set them back, a major drag on profit.

Finally, buyers should consult a real estate agent to learn about comparable home sales in the same neighborhood, which will help determine how much the house might ultimately fetch at resale.

They should also take observe of how long listed homes-both rental and resale-have been sitting on the market.

“Many foreclosure investors won’t buy a character unless it is at the minimum a 30 percent discount,” said Sharga. “That’s because you’ll typically need to do a rehabilitation to bring the character back up to the neighborhood standard, you’ll probably have to finance it for a short period of time and it’ll cost you some money to market the character.”

It may be not sit well to profit from someone else’s misfortune, but keep in mind that when you buy a distressed character you’re not just doing your investment portfolio a favor.

By reducing the inventory of obtainable homes, you’re also helping to stabilize the residential real estate market which, in turn, will buoy the troubled U.S. economy.   

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