Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE ECONOMY: Sunny Forecast For The Real Estate Market, Optimism Growing Among Some

The real estate market has had an ominous cloud looming for a long while with sunshine trying to break through. Now, according to a recently released second quarter survey by HomeGain, optimism is growing and a sunnier forecast is anticipated by some.

The outlook for the next two years? The forecast, according to the belief of those surveyed, gets even better. Real estate professionals (82 percent) and homeowners (59 percent), both believe home values will increase in the next couple of years. However, a small percentage group, 6 percent of real estate professionals and 15 percent of homeowners, think the exact opposite.
The survey results are taken from a pool of more than 400 agents and brokers and 1,700 homeowners. Perhaps not surprisingly the optimism is a bit unequal. Regarding the general direction of home values, about 48 percent of industry professionals expect home values to increase compared to only 27 percent of homeowners. However both percentage figures are up from first quarter 2012.

Meanwhile, 14 percent of industry professionals are warning to prepare for yet another decrease in home values. The percentage shoots up to 24 percent of homeowners who agree with this prediction.

Forecasting no change: 38 percent of real estate professionals and 49 percent of homeowners expect home values to remain the same over the next six months.

In a press statement, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain said, “Optimism among real estate professionals spiked in the second quarter. Real estate professionals are optimistic about home prices in the short term and especially optimistic in the coming two years with 82 percent of real estate professionals and 59 percent of homeowners expecting prices to rise.”

But where are these anticipated increases in home values expected? The survey results show expected increases are scattered throughout the country. Here are the lists of the top 10 states where home values are expected to increase in the next six months, according to real estate professionals and homeowners.

Real estate professionals expect increases in home values in the next six months: Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, California, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, and Georgia.
Homeowners expect increases in home values in the next six months in: Arizona, Colorado,
Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Florida, North Carolina.
As for declining home values in the next six months, real estate professionals expect the following top 10 states to get hit hardest in this order: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Texas, and California.

Homeowners think the top 10 states to experience a decline in home values in the next six months will look like this: Illinois, North Carolina, California, Oregon, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Breaking down the information. If you're planning to sell your home, be sure to showcase your home's features. As buyer confidence builds in the real estate market, it's important as a seller to think like a potential buyer would. See your home from a buyer's perspective. Before you put your home on the market make it as "buyer-focused" as possible which means the following things should be implemented: de-cluttering, maintenance repair, home staging, and curb appeal. The more you make your home "buyer-focused" the greater the chances of a faster and higher priced sale. For more information read my column " Buyers Want Move-In Ready Homes. "

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