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It had to happen. It was inevitable. Investors and Home buyers are going head to head. "Home buyers find themselves aced out by investors", a recent article from Eve Mitchell of the Contra Costa Times, states that home buyers are being "edged out" by a growing number of "absentee buyers" (those who don't plan to live in them).
How is this happening? Real Estate Investors are gravitating toward low-end properties, says Mitchell, and says that these are the same homes that first-time and move-up buyers want. Linnette Edwards, an East Bay associate broker with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, adds that "Most of the investors are buying into the first-time home buyer price range of $200,000 to $400,000". Mike Sibilia, a South Bay broker with Keller Williams, points to the all-cash purchasing factor, and says that "The investor has the cash wherewithal to be able to close on the property without the risk of the seller worrying about whether the buyer can get the loan or not". Sellers that own foreclosure properties and banks that own foreclosure properties, or "REOs", prefer all-cash buyers because "the deal can close faster than a transaction involving a loan, say real estate professionals".
As difficult the competition is for these home buyers, Mitchell informs us that this trend is clearing out some of "the glut of foreclosures dragging down home prices". According to Housingwire.com, there is and will be more "glut "coming.
Jon Prior wrote a recent article titled, "Foreclosure starts spike in August", which looked at recent figures released by RealtyTrac which indicated that mortgage servicers started the foreclosure process on 33% more homes in August than the month before, which was the biggest monthly increase in four years. James Saccacio, the CEO of RealtyTrac, stated that the increase in new foreclosure actions may be "a signal that lenders are starting to push through some of the foreclosures delayed by robo-signing and other documentation problems", and that "it also foreshadows more bank repossessions in the coming months as these new foreclosures make their way through the process."
Advice for home buyers? Stick it out, hang in there, and keep "Swimming with sharks", as Mitchell's article named it. Advice for banks? Loosen up a little credit and lend some money !
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