(Originally posted on June 20, 2007)
Oh what a beautiful morning!
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I'm an optimist. There is only the bright side for me. In this challenging real estate market, many of my friends in the business are less than chipper these days. I have to admit, I'm in my glory.
Working in Las Vegas, I have the opportunity to show folks the tiny corners they didn't know existed. There are so many homes tucked away and hidden, that it's my pleasure to reveal these to people who thought they've seen it all.
Yesterday I took a woman out who has lived here for years. She described what she was looking for in a neighborhood and has never found it. When we started out, she didn't like the direction I was going. "Too far away from everything," she said. As we got into the neighborhood, her body language totally changed. She was turning her head to take everything in. "Go a little slower, I'm trying to take everything in," she asked. Part one of my job was done.
Ah, those two infamous words, "Trust me." However, if you keep an open mind, Las Vegas has so many wonderful areas, you'd be amazed at what is available to you. The worst that will happen is that we've wasted an afternoon. At best, you'll find a whole new world that brings you pleasure every day.
The time is now
This real estate market is "the norm." Buying frenzies never last forever, nor do selling frenzies. If you want to buy a home, start shopping now. I hear a lot of people saying, "I'm waiting for the market to hit bottom." Well, by the time you think it's at the bottom, it will already be on the way up. Who's to say we didn't already hit the lowest prices?
If it's not one thing, it's another
Price shouldn't be your only consideration. Don't forget about interest rates. Last week, rates went up a point. A point (1%) over the course of 30 years is more in interest than someone lowering the price of their home by $10,000. Now is the time to buy that new home. Really.
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