The Big Home Price Scare And Why You Should Short Sell Now
In my previous blog post, I estimated that in 2014, home prices were expected to rebound. 2012 however surprised all of us with sharp price increases. What is causing this price increase? A number of factors may play into it but one of the main variables is the lack of supply thus increasing demand and prices. It is a seller’s market and will probably remain until the latter half of this year. However, I don’t believe this will last.
Based off our research, there is a artificial lack of inventory meaning, home prices may very well halt its increase and decline for some time. Let’s explore why short selling now would be in your best interest.
What will the status of the housing market be in the next couple of years? Only time can tell. What we can investigate are the factors that led to the volatile home prices.
We are seeing large hedgefund investors like blackstone and other cash investors, buy out most of the inventory. Concurrently, new legislation as seen in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington, are slowing down the foreclosure flow in those areas which according to Daren Blomquist, VP of RealtyTrac, will result in a backlash of foreclosure activity at the end of this year and into 2014. RealtyTrac is still expecting to see about 600,000 REO’s enter the market in 2013. This indicates a hit on home prices to come.
At the same time, homeowners are vulnerable to a large tax liability at the end of this year. The mortgage forgiveness debt relief act is set to expire Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, please read our previous blog post.
A short sale is when you sell your home for less than what is owed. The remaining balance owed is negotiated so if home prices decrease, the difference between the sale price and the amount owed will only grow meaning you have a higher risk of owing more to your lender after you short sell your home.
This is my second post on this topic but I truly do believe it is a pivotal time for you to find the best short sale agent in your area, stop putting your money into a negative equity situation, and begin moving forward asap.
If you are located in Washington state, contact our experts here and we will get in touch with you within 24-48 hours. Feel free to contact me personally at Peter@seattleshortsaleblog.com
Hope this helps