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US News Annual Investing Guide, Part 5: Real Estate

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For Sale: Fixer-upper, $899,999Where is real estate heading in 2007? It depends on who you ask. Alex Markels has submitted his thoughts to U.S. News & World Report for their annual investing guide, and the outlook is grim. Here are some points to take away from the article.

* According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, median new home prices will decline 5 to 10 percent nationally and existing home prices will stay flat.
* “[H]ouses that have become all but unaffordable [will] slowly revert to the 3 to 5 percent annual gain they historically posted before a rush of speculation pushed up prices by 20 percent a year and more in some markets.”
* Only 5% of Los Angeles households can afford to buy the median-priced home ($510,000).

Thanks to increasing delinquency in the category of people who are probably not able to consistently make the mortgage payments for which they qualified, the “subprime” market, banks may increase scrutiny before providing mortgages.

The result is sellers will have a more difficult time getting the price they feel they “deserve.” On the other hand, those waiting to time the market before buying their first home may start to look before the end of 2007. Personally, I’m just waiting until it makes sense for me to buy a house. This decision rests on the back of a number of other decisions I have to make in my life, such as where I want to live.

What are your housing plans for 2007? Will you be buying this year? Planning on attempting to sell?

Updated June 17, 2014 and originally published January 15, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar J. Davis

I’m planning on leaving the rental market and joining homeowners this year. My fiancee and I will begin looking after we’re married this summer, after we return from our honeymoon. We’ll be looking in the metro D.C. area for something affordable.

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avatar Nagel

Just bought one around Thanksgiving.

Here is the first installment of the eight-part drama.
http://finance.webaplex.com/10/the-annals-of-buying-a-home/

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avatar makingourway

After we move from NC we will buy a new house in IL.
We’re a bit anxious over what we’ll get for our NC house, but at least it’s less expensive than what our IL house will cost (1/2).

We’re in an odd situation, with children, pets and grandparents living with us, we really don’t want to rent a house and wait.

Ultimately we need to buy reasonably, negotiate hard and plan to live there for a while.

Already we’ve noticed that expensive houses in IL take much longer to sell ($750k and higher).

Regards,
makingourway

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