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Highs And Lows Of The Real Estate Business

May 30, 2008
Markets on hot real estate don't stay hot forever. Home sale market in some area around the country has already slowed after being robust for several years. The unsold inventory index has been used to tell which way the market and home prices were moving. Reports on unsold inventory index show how many months it would take to sell the existing inventory of homes for sale at the current sales pace. Changes in the unsold inventory index are directly affiliated to changes in supply and demand. When the requirement for housing goes up, the rate at which homes sell pick up the pace and the existing inventory of homes for sale decreases.

As inventories shrink, home prices often go up as more buyers struggle to buy a limited number of listings. When the demand for housing deteriorate, it takes longer for homes to sell. Inventories tend to intensify as does the unsold inventory index. In this sort of environment, prices may gradually sink. Not long ago, the unsold inventory index has been at an all time low nationally. In spite of that, national trends don't necessarily tell you much about the pace of your local real estate market. Home sales normally take 30 to 60 days to close. It doesn't describe where the market is going, or even where it is today.

Local economy, in particular the job market, has a uninterrupted influence on the local housing market. People who lose their jobs don't have the power to buy houses; as a matter-of-fact they often sell. In areas where job growth is robust, you often find a strong housing market. On the other hand, over-building in an area can also result to excess inventory, which can put a downward pressure on prices. However, existing home sale figures aren't necessarily a trustworthy predictor of the direction of the housing market because they are based on closed sales. Usually, existing home sale index gauge past sales activity.

In reaction to the uprising surge of short-sale properties and foreclosures, it is expected to consider new regulations to describe better the standing of the assets. Some local and regional multiple inventory services have worked out explanations and admissions in relation to the status of properties and build up their own strategy associated to bank-owned foreclosure properties and short sales. Short sales are naturally defined as dealings in which the lender agrees to recognize less than the full total due on a mortgage as soon as the property is sold in order to avoid a pricey foreclosure course of action.

Technically a short sale does not exist as soon as it comes to an end and there is not enough money to pay hush money to the lender. Usually, a short sale can be a untrustworthy slope. For instance, the house that is listed for sale is worth $500,000, while the unsettled loan is amounting to $490,000. A balance is incurred. When the propose loan amount is higher then the asset, this would not be eligible as a short sale. It is probable that the material detail is short sale in this event and somebody should be conscious of it.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://real-estate-journal.com
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