Where we are in the current real estate cycle

by October 21, 2008 • 0 comments

MarketWatch.com published a great article speaking into why now may be a good time to buy real estate.

The bottom of the market is not a date, but a band of time or season,” Shore says, and therefore what constitutes the bottom for the entire country is meaningless for those looking to buy and sell homes in their own communities. “If you sit on the fence and wait for the absolute best deal, you could end up literally waiting for years. And most likely, your guess on market timing would be wrong. But if you choose to buy now, you will not only be in the driver’s seat during the buying process, you will also reap the gains of price appreciation once you become a home owner,” adds Shore.

Waiting for the right time to buy puts you at risk of missing it and getting caught in a market on the upswing. Plus, for some first-time buyers, owning simply makes better economic sense than renting. In such areas as Los Angeles, rents are getting close or surpassing a mortgage payment. And you don’t receive any tax benefits from paying rent, nor do you accumulate any price appreciation, as you would if you owned a home of your own.

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