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Dd, Both Buyer and Seller in Union City, CA

Are prices in Riverwalk Area in Fremont , Ca going to come down more . Is this the right time to buy in that?

Asked by Dd, Union City, CA Mon Mar 31, 2008

area or wiser to wait some more. I am selling a house in Union City and planning to buy there. .

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I always try to answer in the most straightforward and simplest way: Fremont property prices may still decrease? I DON'T KNOW, right time to buy ? YES, right time to sell? NO. Assessing your financial situation and motivation will help you make the right decision.

Joey Anudon
Residential Property Specialist
Prudential California Realty
(510) 386 - 9985
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 20, 2009

Riverwalk is a nice community – however, it is like most other communities in Fremont right now – it’s affected by the same market conditions that are affecting the other communities. In other words, it may continue to go down or it may begin to level out and hold its own. To be honest, you are asking the $50 million dollar question to which everyone wishes they had the answer.

With the return of multiple offers on the bottom of the single family market, I personally feel that we are nearing the bottom. Are we there yet? It’s hard to say. However, if you own a home you want to sell to move up, this could be a very good time to sell and relocate. It’s all about timing the market.

If you sell your Union City home now and buy a Riverwalk home, the difference between the two prices will be lower now than if you wait for the market to move up. If you sell your current home for $500,000 and buy a new home for $1,000,000, the difference is $500,000. If you wait until the market turns around and property values increase, the differential between the two will also increase. A 10% increase will put the $500,000 home at $550,000 and the $1,000,000 home at $1,100,000. The difference is now $550,000, or a differential increase of $50,000. To move up, you have to come up with that extra $50,000.

If market prices continue to go down, you can still benefit from selling your current home now. Sell and secure a month-to-month rental that will allow you to leave as soon as a good deal becomes available. Monitor the prices and available homes in Riverwalk and then buy when the right house becomes available at the right price.

In the current fluctuating market, I don’t recommend putting a contingent offer on a home while you try to sell your existing home. This will put you in a situation where you can loose any negotiating power you might otherwise have, both on the buying AND selling ends.

If you'd like to see the trends for your existing neighborhood and the Fremont homes, let me know offline and I can get those to you. It may help in the decision making process.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
Dear Dd,
There are a homes for sale in the Riverwalk area, and I have one listed at 1719 Riverwalk Drive. It's worth to come and check the properties and see how you'd feel living there. Riverwalk is certainly a nice, green and very welcoming area. As you know, it's almost impossible to time the market, and even harder when you try to sell and buy ! Come take a look and feel .. at HOME !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 5, 2008
Good question John! even I dont know the answer, see it all depends on what you want to do. If you really need to buy because of some reasons then buy a home which you think can pay really comfortable for another 4-5 years and take advantage of tax. On the other side, if you dont have any needs right now to buy a home and can wait for another 3 years then my suggestion would be to wait and see how the market goes and when you think the market is right for you then buy your dream home. In brief it all depends on you whether you have any need to buy at this time or not - don't worry about market and the media, do your calculation and talk to a good agent in your area who can assist you in your decision whether to buy or not.

Thanks John for asking a good question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
"What if the interest rate goes even 1% percent high, at that time you may not qualify for the loan you are looking for or higher monthly payment."

my what if:

What if the value of your house drops $100,000 in the next 3 years?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
Dear dd,

Riverwalk area is a nice area. Generally speaking prices may come down further but no one knows how much. The question is do you want to wait that long until it hits the bottom. What if the interest rate goes even 1% percent high, at that time you may not qualify for the loan you are looking for or higher monthly payment. So take advantage of the current market, right now where you can negotiate a good deal and lower interest rate, work with an agent who can negotiate a good price on your behalf and get you the home you would like to buy.

Please let me know if I can help you in anyway at 510-366-9405.

Blaison Samuel
Prudential California Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 27, 2008
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