buyers market

Is 2012 A Good Year To Buy A House?

by reddoor on April 24, 2012

There may be several reasons for you to want to buy a home. You’re ready to commit to a certain area and call it home, you’re ready to make a financial investment, housing prices have dropped to an affordable level and the market is highly favorable for home buyers. How do you tell if it’s a buyer’s market? In a buyer’s market, the price of a home will be under 20 times a year’s worth of rent for an equivalent home. If the price of a home is more than 20 times the annual rent, it’s generally better to rent.

Today’s housing climate is better for home buyers. The average price of homes for sale in the US is currently around 19 times the average annual rent. The general housing climate is much friendlier than a few years ago, but still fluctuates greatly depending on your specific location. Some of the buyer’s markets in 2011 were Charlotte, Inland Empire, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose.

The decision to buy or rent also depends on your lifestyle and long-term goals. 2011 saw a resurgence in buyer’s markets across the country and that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. It’s true that housing markets will fluctuate from year-to-year, but owning property remains a wise investment over time.

Learn more about the housing market including the pros and cons of buying vs renting in the infographic below.

Home Buying Infographic


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