Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cash is King in Today's Housing Market

7:22 PM
It now costs more to rent than to own a home in 98 of the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, says real estate website Trulia, which tracks rents and home prices. In some of those markets, however, the inventory of homes for sale has shrunk.

Home inventories have shrunk because fewer foreclosures are coming to market. Many homeowners don't want to sell, because they don't have enough equity in their homes. Others are waiting for higher prices.

While the bottom tier nationwide experienced an average 12 percent decline in housing inventory overall, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and San Francisco saw more than a 50 percent drop. Inventories also shrank faster than the national average in Minneapolis; Charleston, S.C.; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Miami; and parts of Southern California, according to Zillow.

In May, for example, the Seattle area had a 1.7-month supply of homes for sale, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

Cash buyers accounted for almost a third of existing home sales this year. Before the housing crash, cash buyers accounted for less than 10 percent of sales, the National Association of Realtors says.

FHA loans have a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent and take weeks to close. Conventional loans have bigger down payments and can close faster, but cash deals close fastest. And cash deals don't involve an appraisal, which lenders require before they make loans. Sellers like cash offers because there's less risk that they'll fall through

As part of Home Land Seattle's December specials, Seattle homesellers may list their house FOR FREE on the NWMLS  and Seattle home buyers (using cash or financing!) will receive a $1000 cash rebate when closing on any offer they made during this month.

Contact for more details, and Happy Holidays!


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