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Buyers Market, Is it a Deal Now?

Can you get a "deal" now on buying a home in this buyers market? Interesting question, and I've been asked this several times during the past year so I figured I would post a blog about my answer.

On story, when my husband and I bought our first home, it was a foreclosure and it was nearing the end of a buyers market. Prices were definitely in our favor. We fixed up our home over the years, sweat equity as we know it best, and were lucky enough to outgrow it the summer of 05, right before the buyers market began to show some results. At that time, when we closed, we were able to answer the question, "is it a deal?" Because of the timing of our sale, the condition of our property at the time of the sale, and our motives for selling (we were not desperate, just exercised great timing on both the purchase and the selling ends) it WAS a deal that we got.

BUT WHAT IF you buy a home today at a price lower than you would have paid 3 years ago for the home. OR you buy a home in a short sale at a price less than the seller owes. Do you feel you got a deal? Maybe.

I'll take that even further and add to it that your life changes and you end up having to sell in 6-9 months, for equal to or less than what you paid for it. Was it still a deal?

So I'll wrap this up by commenting that perception, life circumstances and market value in relation to timing of purchase and sale are all necessary to look at when answering this question, "Is it a deal?" Factor in the tax credit incentive and add to that a look into the future, if you are able to hold off selling until after 36 months of ownership of this home, and you avoid having to pay due to recapture, did you get a deal then?

I would urge buyers to look at their lives and consider what's important to them right now. What are their needs for the next couple of years and take it one day at a time. Your future will answer that question of "was it a deal?" when the time comes to sell. If you're lucky enough, you'll be able to sell during a seller's market and you'll have some equity in your home.

Good luck!


Comment balloon 4 commentsStephanie Jacques • March 10 2009 10:14AM


Stephanie, I think you made some excellent points. Getting a deal is based on your perception. Most people buy because their life has changed in some way.

Posted by Lara O'Keefe (North Texas Home Finders) over 11 years ago

Great blog post Stephanie!  I can't even imagine looking at the deals out there right now and feeling anything but excited.  But, there are always some people that will feel they could have gotten things a little sweeter. 

Lets talk soon, maybe we can do some work together!

Posted by Mark Cote (Mortgage Protection & Retirement Protection) over 11 years ago

Hmmm,  I could learn something from you.  We seem to always sell our homes in a buyers market.  Even now my husband took a job in another part of the state but I am holding on to my house.  I am not selling again in a buyers market.

Posted by Anja Kerstens, GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Thanks for your feedback. Glad it was thought provoking! Look me up if you're ever in Keene, NH. By the way, just learned that our state has 3 of the country's least vulnerable towns(or mini cities)!

Posted by Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine (Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

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