What’s Causing Home Prices to Drop?

Basically, the answer in this article is that prices increased so much in California that buyers are still sitting on the sidelines, in spite of otherwise good economic indicators. In fact, 2006 was the third best year for sales according to the National Association of Realtors, and 2007 overall will still be strong. Mortgage rates are holding for now, and on the West Coast prices are stabilizing: Don't make the mistake of the buyer in Dallas who, in a market 15% under the national median, still wants to subtract $50,000 from his offer price. In other words, know your local market.

"Buyers who are still waiting on the sidelines must learn a basic economic fact of life: if fundamentals aren't supporting a market decline, then it's not going to decline for very long. If the nation and local communities are adding jobs and population, a market decline is destined to be short-lived.

"Price is a legitimate concern, but with growing inventories, buyers should be taking advantage of an abundant selection. In a seller’s market such a luxury doesn’t exist and slim pickings mean they must take whatever is available."
Blanche Evans, Realty Times.

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