|4 tips for buying a house in a buyer's market
"Look to the long term, because you don't know how
long you'll be there," Razzi says. "You might have to ride out bad
market conditions for a while." True to her book's title, Razzi
says you shouldn't let fear dictate your timing.
"You should not wait if you find the right property, because, for
one thing, you're not looking solely for the best price. You're
looking for the best home."
And keep in mind that mortgage
rates have fallen about three-quarters of a percentage point
in the last three months. "Right now is a perfect time to buy, because
of a real sudden increase in buying power," says Bill Christiano,
loan officer with MortgageIT's office in suburban Westchester, N.Y.
and a buyer's agent to good use
Cool technological innovations are popping up on real estate Web
sites practically every week. Among the most useful are valuation
has the best known of these called the "Zestimate," which
is a computer-generated estimate of a house's market value. Bankrate.com
is a content partner with Zillow.com.
The Homekeys site allows users to find estimated market values and to search for listings with aggressively competitive asking prices. Homekeys operates only in Florida, whereas Zillow has nationwide coverage.
It's hard to stress how revolutionary these valuation tools are, Villena says: "Until recently, this was impossible. You didn't have, as a consumer, tools that could reasonably provide home values to you without spending something like $300 for each property to appraise it."
Now those estimates are free, and you can get them without changing out of your pajamas.