If you wait for values to go up ( and they will ) in my opinion you will be waiting at least 5 years.
Remember that this is just an opinion, but I did foresee this housing slump and am on the front line being that I am in the mortgage business. When I stop getting calls from people in foreclosure or looking to do loan modifications then we have turned the corner.
I foresee 3 to 5 years of a bounce along the bottom with maybe one quick drop in values caused by some sort of legislation that facilitates the foreclosure process. Then about two years later I see growth.
Again this is just my opinion.
If you are buying and selling then it doesn't really matter when you sell ( a weak selling market means a strong buyers market and things should even out)
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Food for thought. My client just locked a 30-year fixed purchase mortgage at 3.625%. That's correct 3.625%. You have to approach this problem from either a cash flow or absolute dollar perspective, i.e. is the unknown appreciation enough to offset locking in your monthly payment on a new home for the next 30 years? Obviously, there are other considerations, but reportedly housing prices are at an all-time low (adjusted for inflation). Good Hunting!
Something else to consider; If your house goes up 10% it will increase $10,000
If the house you want to buy is $150,000 now, and it goes up 10%, it will increase $15,000.
Mathematically, you should be in the more expensive house when the properties increase.
But the determining factor should be; where do you want to live?