Welcome to the introduction of our five part series on when is the best time to sell a home. We’ll examine issues that affect home values and selling opportunties on a macro level, and then provide detailed information for our market sector. We hope you enjoy the series.

When’s The Best Time to Sell a Home? That simple question is one of the most frequently asked when we meet a seller. Unfortunately, the answer is not as easy.

There are many factors which may influence your local market and having the data certainly helps one examine when may be the best time to sell a home

Everyone knows real estate highs and lows-like in business-are cyclical. The recent 10 year run up in home values nationwide appears at its end (for now); though some parts of the country remain more effected than others.

In this five part series we’ll examine some of the indicators you can watch when trying to determine where your local market may be headed.

On a macro scale, the overall housing outlook can be affected by a multitude of factors and indicators can be seen along the way. In this five part series we’ll look at the following:

And on a more local level:

We are entering uncharted waters with the recent defaults of high risk loans, Wall Street’s pull back on mortgage investments and the demise of several prominent lending institutions. Money will be harder to get and more expensive. Those who were counting on refinancing their variable rate mortgage at the end of its fixed period, have no equity left and cannot afford their current payment will be forced back into the rental market. This will cause home inventory levels to increase and home values to decrease. Fewer buyers with more choices will equate to lower selling prices. To the extent that jobs remain steady (or increase) interest rates level off, fallout from the mortgage industry dust settles and buyers perceive new opportunities to purchase their first home, this storm too shall pass. How much and how quickly it will be mitigated by these factors is anyone’s guess.

Thanks for reading this introduction and check back for the continuation of this five part series.

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