Real Estate in 2012

The following article was sent to us by one of our mortgage lenders. It offers a rather pessimistic view on housing. Indianapolis real estate has not been as prone to large fluctuations in price, as other parts of the country have.

House Prices: Where They Will Be in the Spring
Disclaimer: This blog covers the national housing market as a whole. It is also one person’s opinion. Food for thought.
Many sellers want to wait until the spring before putting their home on the market. This might be for any of several reasons:
They don’t want to be inconvenienced during the holiday season.
They believe that they will see more potential buyers and as a result will get a higher price.
In the northern part of the country, they might not want people walking through the snow and then into their house.
All of the above
In a normal real estate market, this may make sense. However, this market has been anything but normal. This spring will also see some abnormalities. The biggest difference will be the direction prices will take.
In years past, the spring market would favor the seller because increased demand would outpace any increase in supply: the number of houses coming onto the market would not be as great as the number of buyers newly entering the market. In most situations, when demand is greater than supply, prices increase.
The reason this spring will be different is that the supply of homes coming to the market will be dramatically impacted by foreclosure properties being released by the banks. Many believe this increase in inventory will far outweigh buyer demand. In situations where supply is greater than demand, prices decrease.
Will This Actually Happen?
RealtyTrac, in their latest foreclosure report, explained:
“U.S. foreclosure activity has been mired down since October of last year, when the robo-signing controversy sparked a flurry of investigations into lender foreclosure procedures and paperwork. While foreclosure activity in September and the third quarter continued to register well below levels from a year ago, there is evidence that this temporary downward trend is about to change direction, with foreclosure activity slowly beginning to ramp back up.
This will impact prices.
What Do Experts Believe the Impact Will Be?
Here are the pricing projections by several major entities:
Zillow believes we will not see a bottom in prices until the first quarter of 2012.
Standard & Poors thinks prices will drop %5 in the next few months.
JP Morgan Chase believes prices will depreciate 6 to 7% over the next six months.
Barclays says prices will fall 7% by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

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