1 – Inventory is low – (good for sellers, not so good for buyers)
2 – Interest rates remain low
3 – Prices (in many market segments) have stopped dropping, and are largely increasing.
4 – Sales volume is up across the board
5 – As always, do your own, supporting due diligence; your market will vary.
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But … I wouldn’t be consistent if I didn’t express some concerns I have about 2013 – largely because the following are either unknowns, unknowables or uncertainties – three things the market doesn’t like.
From the NYTimes:
As regulators complete new mortgage rules, banks are about to get a significant advantage: protection against homeowner lawsuits.
The rules are meant to help bolster the housing market. By shielding banks from potential litigation, policy makers contend that the industry will have a powerful incentive to make higher quality home loans.
But some banking and housing specialists worry that borrowers are losing a critical safeguard. Industries rarely get broad protection from consumer lawsuits, and banks would seem unlikely candidates given the range of abuses revealed during the housing bust.
No problem, right? All a consumer has to do is be too big to fail. Or be sued. Or prosecuted.