Now Is The Time To Sell Your Home

You think times are tough now? You think prices are too low? You think the market is a bear? Well, it is only going to get worse.

Lenders are sitting on hundreds of thousands of foreclosed properties and they will bring them to market in 2011, pushing prices down by about 10% this new year.

Foreclosure paperwork problems held up a lot of banks from processing foreclosed homes more quickly. Those problems are largely solved now. Banks are ready to get selling.

Report from Chicago:

Banks have been in a state of limbo this year about what to do with repossessed houses, and so they have mostly held on to them in order not to add to the nation’s oversupply of homes for sale, Harney told the agents.

“The banks have been saying, ‘There has to be a number [the market] can hit where we can keep the river going without flooding the valley,'” he said.

Apparently, he said, the nation hit that number recently, as prices reached a relative level of stabilization. A Dec. 17 report from Re/Max, for example, said sale prices dropped “only” 1.7% from last year in its 54-city survey, which would indicate general price equilibrium.

But before you break into applause, consider that while the banks were waiting for that sign of stability to decide when to put their holdings on the market, they also were foreclosing at a rapid pace.

“In August, the number of houses banks took back was up 49% over the year before, and September was the greatest month in history for repossessions,” Harney said.

LUKE SAYS: I was in Chicago but once. It was the summer of 1980. My family was flying around a lot. Oy vey! Was it windy at the airport. I’ve seen movies about Chicago. The weather looks brutal. Worse than New York. No thank you!

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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