Friday, November 20, 2009

Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Forecast - Home Sales Expected to Increase

Over the past few weeks many news sources have released predictions for strong real estate stabilization in 2010. A recent article from NuWire credited the expansion and extension of the first time home buyer tax credit for the predicted stabilization and home sales increase. According to NuWire recent article, “Home Sales to Increase in 2010”:

"After more than a three year downturn in the hardest hit areas of the nation, some markets have experienced slight rebounds, prompted by the first time buyers' tax incentive and low mortgage rates. But higher price ranges have been hindered in their recovery. However, momentum should gain strength in the second half of the year with expected improvements in mortgage lending and make strides towards stabilizing in 2010.

A series of interest rate cuts taking mortgage rates to near historic lows are one of the Fed's attempts to re-stimulate the housing market. But record foreclosures are producing a market that threatens to keep home prices at low levels for years to come. More than 19-million vacant homes sit empty in the U.S., much of which is an inventory that will have to be absorbed by home buyers before markets fully stabilize.

Still, signs of a recovery in housing are showing promise. As we maintained last year in our annual national forecast, improving conditions, however, do not signify that housing inflation or appreciation will develop in most areas for a number of years. The recovery will be a long haul."

Tampa’s real estate recovery is underway. We have seen signs of real estate market stabilization throughout Tampa Bay, with appropriately priced Tampa homes spending fewer days on market, multiple offers being placed by first-time buyers and foreign investors, and sharply discounted homes being quickly absorbed.

We have even seen an increase in interest from Tampa home owners who were previously unable to sell their homes, now more interested in listing their property for sale. It surely is going to be a long haul but with positive signs becoming more and more prevalent, we are sure looking forward to what 2010 may have in store for the real estate market!

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