Americans have had a lot of conflicting news regarding the economy of late. Between learning of the low consumer confidence in the economy to the strong recovery in the U.S. housing market, it is now wonder many home-owners and potential buyers in the Waterloo IL real estate market are confused. Should they buy? Sell? Refinance? Here are some suggestions to help clear up the confusion.
Recovery Not Uniform
Many ares such as Chicago and Atlanta have had home prices go down while other regions such as Southern Florida or Ohio have seen the opposite. Much of the reason is due to the amount of foreclosed properties on the market. The more distressed properties, the more depressed are home prices.
However much of the rise in home prices is due to scarcity. Many home-owners do not want to sell at a loss so are not listing their homes. This shortage in homes is driving up prices. Thus buyers need to be aware not to get involved in a bidding war as the final price will not accurate reflect the value of the property. If possible, home-owners should take advantage of historic lows in mortgage rates to refinance as a way to lessen the sting of lost home value.
With banks being hesitant to issue loans after the sub-prime mortgage crisis, buyers need to ensure their credit report is free of errors and that they have at least 20% of the home price in cash on hand. A pre-approved loan is also highly recommended.
To get the best advice when it comes to real estate in Waterloo, IL, you definitely will want to talk with the experts at Tammy Mitchell Hines as soon as possible. Give them a call today and ask them for help selling or buying a home in Waterloo, Columbia, and surrounding communities.
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