Since the real estate market crashed a few years ago, many people shudder at the thought of putting their money in properties. As 2013 approaches, people should reconsider their investment decisions because the housing market is in recovery. A clear indication that the market is recovering fast is the number of building permits issued during the year. In 2012, around 770,000 building permits were issued. This is the highest number since the market crashed in 2008.
The National Association of Realtors has indicated that the market is stabilizing as positive trends begin to take shape. According to their indices, the current builder confidence level is at its highest point since 2008. This means that builders will most likely put up more units in the coming years.
According to the FHA, property prices have increased gradually at a rate of 0.3 percent month after month. This is very encouraging for home builders and property owners. While the figure may seem small, it is important to note real estate property values were depreciating at a higher rate after the recession.
The number of foreclosures has also decreased quite considerably, indicating that the disposable consumer income is increasing. Homeowners are now able to service their mortgages accordingly.
While the markets might not have recovered fully, several major home builders have reported huge profits in the last financial year. Some have even surpassed profit projections by over 100 percent. This means that properties are being developed and people are buying. The profit projections for 2013 are even much higher than previous estimates.
What This Means For The Real Estate Market
As the economy recovers, the time to invest in real estate is now. Prospective homeowners can buy the home of their dreams at a discount because property prices are about 30 percent lower than the peak price. Real estate investors can buy at these low prices, flip and sell them at a profit when prices increase. Banks are offering mortgage loans at affordable rates, so this is the perfect opportunity for investors to buy property. Business is also expected to pick up next year for property managers when new units are commissioned.
Unfortunately, some newspapers, TV shows and radio programs still portray real estate investing as a bad idea. The saddest thing about it is that most people rely on these sources for accurate information. This is one of the contributing factors to the slow recovery of the real estate market in the recent years. Now that presidential elections are over, the media can start giving people facts about the industry. Investing in property is a big decision and nobody should rely on only one source for information. Consulting experts in the industry is the most effective way of getting the most up to date information about the market.
About the author:
Mildred Johnson is a writer and real estate trend analyst for Boston properties.
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One essential tool in the success of a business is an effective pricing strategy that can sustain operations and maintain profitability. Product pricing is one of the drivers in the sales performance or product movement in the market, businessmen who would like to steer a regular stream of profits in the business use several strategies and carefully calculate their prices. Choosing the pricing strategy and setting the price of the products isn’t as simple as adding up figures of costs and profits. Situational and Psychological factors also come into play at the pricing stage. Here are some considerations for a well-priced product.
Product pricing isn’t a one-time activity that stops once the products are on the shelves. Prices can go higher or lower in the market depending on the market situation and consumer perception. It is often the products that are perceived to have good or fair value that sustains a business on a long term period. Thus, careful consideration of the above-mentioned factors is worth the time and effort of any business owner.
The middle class comprises the majority of the population and when economic crisis strikes they are the ones that would be greatly affected. However, in times like this, it won’t be a nice idea to stay in a sorry state because this won’t change the fact that you all need to continue living and make use of the resources that are left behind.
This is the perfect time to apply those budget saving tips to somehow lessen your annual expenses. You won’t be having any choice but to deal with the current situation and make everything work.
If before, you and your husband have separate cars, this time learn to start combining your trips and together drop the kids to school. You would be saving a lot of gasoline all year round. If there would be emergency groceries, leave the car behind and go the nearest convenience store with your bicycle or might as well use your feet. It could become an exercise as the same time.
When it comes to your pantry supplies, buy in bulk so that you can save more and this could save you from going back to the department more often. Do not forget to compare prices as there are products that are equally effective yet in a lower price.
For your garments, you might as well lessen your shopping spree. Buy only those items that you need the most and if there are second hand items that are still in good quality do not hesitate to buy it.
Your utility bills shouldn’t be compromised and if you do not want to be delayed on paying it because you’re out of your budget; learn to save your energy. Turn off unnecessary lights and iron your clothes at one time. If you have time, wash the dishes manually and let your dishwasher rest for a while.
Simple budget saving tips but truly they could help lessen annual family expenses.