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Housing Market Hasn't Hit Bottom

Has the U.S. housing market finally hit bottom? For real estate investors right now is a good time to do your research and look to scoop up some properties where sellers are trying to get out. 

There's been a surge in foreclosures and now people who owned houses are looking to rent, so the apartments will have a bigger demand and rents will stay at a good or increased rate depending upon the area you're buying in.

Think outside the box right now. What can you do to help others and at the same time increase your revenue in the real estate market? While the real estate market might not have hit bottom must yet it's close:

'Dotcom-crash rhetoric/predictions back in 2000 and the housing-crash rhetoric/predictions in the last 12 months.

Housing obviously won't experience as deep a correction as the dotcoms did, but I haven't heard a single persuasive argument explaining why this downturn won't look like every previous housing downturn: i.e., will last a lot longer and drop much farther than most people think--until price/rent and price/income ratios return to or below their long-term trend.'

More from the realtors association...

The National Association of Realtors again lowered its U.S. housing market forecast for this year, saying the market remains "soft." In its latest forecast for the real estate market, NAR projected that existing home sales will fall 4.6% this year to 6.18 million, compared with its previous forecast of a 2.9% decline. New home sales are expected to plummet even further. The NAR said new home sales are likely to fall 18.2% to 860,000, compared with the prior forecast of a 17.8% drop. While near-term prospects for housing remain fairly grim, NAR said sales should pick up toward the end of the year.

"Overall housing levels are historically strong, but sales remain sluggish compared to the recent boom," said Lawrence Yun, NAR senior economist, in a statement. "Home sales will probably fluctuate in a narrow range in the short run, but gradually trend upward with improving activity by the end of the year," Yun added. Existing home sales are projected to rise 3.7% in 2008, to 6.41 million, according to NAR's forecast.


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