Find a house on your own. Use Craigslist, Pin up interest notes on kiosks in towns and neighborhoods you like, send out postcards to addresses with your contact information and a short interest note in areas where you would buy.
The article is correct, prices are heading down including towns like WB. People are getting tired of the govt influence and politicians are getting this message finaly.
Why do you care so much if I buy, rent, post on trulia or otherwise. Last time I asked a question on this website I found a lot of useful answers about a half-way house near a property I had interest in (btw my realtor basically misled me when I asked).
I have no objection to bad mouthing your absent agent, the neighborhoods you look at, the area you are choosing for a home, etc... but why keep at it for so long? Bit of a masochist?
"My experience with home shopping in this area supports this article. My "reputable" agent concedes prices are declining but always frames it in the context of low interest rates and affordability.
My "reputable" agent also takes me backward ways to see a property to avoid driving by the unkempt house in the area that is about to come up for foreclosure. Games, games and more games."
Ahh (said in a sink-in-my-seat-sigh-like way not a scream), my favorite topic ... "reputable real estate agents" and are they really "reputable" A very difficult question to answer when you are a buyer. Let me try and simplify: if he/she in addition to helping you is a listing agent (represents sellers/takes listings) that is one check mark not in your favor, if he/she is getting paid a % commission that is another check mark not in your favor, if your agent said he/she was a "buyers agent" but works for a team that takes listings or a company that takes listings that is another check mark not in your favor and if they are using good ol' salesman tactics like taking you the long route to a property so you wont see the bad houses, well then it sounds like it's time to move on.
Get yourself an exclusive buyers agent that works on a flat fee: No sleazy sales tactics, no bait and switch and no double dipping.
Plenty of inventory that is suitable, rent to price ratio doesnt make the risk seem worth it.
It's true re: rentals, in most areas it makes a lot more sense than buying. The flip side, is buy if you can put a nice chunk of money down, 85%+- breeze through the lending red tape - and can get an amazing rate. It also makes sense to buy if you are a cash buyer. Cash is king right now especially for investors who are liquidating part of the rental portfolios. They are ready to make deals and get out.
The issue is inventory ... probably why you have been trolling. There just isnt a lot out there on the market.
#hope4thebest but #prepareforthetripdip
First good advise I have heard from a realtor in a long while. You should rent. There are houses in all shapes and sizes in WB for rent.
@ Amy - realtors are hopelessly conflicted. Divorcing buying and selling commissions would help. The other professions you mention actually have a reasonable barrier to entry, so not really a apples to apples comparison. Comparing yourself to a doctor, Really? Can we say delusions of grandeur.
@ Ron - Ahhh, now I get it. Very helpful, thanks for your input.
And yes...the article is correct. It's also called a "double hair cut market". Being a home buyer - you should be glad to see the prices dropping! :)
I found I was much more accurate quoting history.
If you make enough predictions, some of them might be true.
If you choose to believe something, and you act accordingly,
you are guaranteeing that outcome.
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My "reputable" agent also takes me backward ways to see a property to avoid driving by the unkempt house in the area that is about to come up for foreclosure. Games, games and more games.