May 7, 2012

Tip 18-2012: Short Sales -- Who Are The Future Buyers?

Tip 18-2012:  Short Sales -- Who Are The Future Buyers?

Previously, Tucker's Tip 12-2012 predicted that short sales and REO sales will continue to increase for several years into the future.  In fact, several recent national articles have predicted that with the "Robo Signing" mortgage settlement, several of the larger lenders may soon increase their foreclosure activity.  As these same lenders are also encouraging short sales for the significant number of distressed houses, short sales will also increase.

So who are the future buyers of these short sales and REO's?  There are only so many people willing to become first time home buyers.  The prediction now is that by 2013, 25% of buyers will be investors.  More and more investors are realizing that there are tremendous values in real estate.  New lender regulations now allow an investor to have as many as ten real estate loans.  Investors also have the time to wait to purchase a short sale or REO property.  And finally, there appears to be enough renters available to rent these investment properties.  

With all of this in place, it would seem that the real estate community, in addition to promoting first time home buyers, should also be looking at future local investors.  (There are only so many "Warren Buffetts" around to purchase investment properties.  Buffett told CNBC's Squawk Box in Febuary that he'd buy up "a couple hundred thousand" single family homes if it were practical to do so.)   

Our local market may not have a "Buffett" in the wings, but I bet there are plenty of other investors looking to buy. 

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William D. Tucker, III 
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