The question most people want to know is how long will it take for Scottsdale home values to be back to where they were before the bottom dropped out? The housing recovery began approximately 3 years ago, but many markets have still to regain values lost during the recession.
Presently, Scottsdale home values are around 11.3% below their peak values seen in 2007. Scottsdale home values are expected to increase by a further 4.2% through to the second quarter of next year. These figures are from the Zillow Home Value Forecast, and it's expected it will take 2.7 years for Scottsdale home values to reach their pre-recession levels, assuming that prices continue to appreciate at the levels predicted.
This would mean Scottsdale home values wouldn't return to their previous peak values until the first quarter of 2017, nearly a decade since the housing recession first began, and it's thought full recovery in the real estate market could take even longer. This is because the rate of home value appreciation is expected slowdown in the next few months and years.
While the news on Scottsdale home values don't appear to be all that great for sellers, the lower Scottsdale home values are making it somewhat easier for buyers to find bargains, and home affordability should remain good over the next couple of years.
Scottsdale Home Values Increasing, But Inventory Shortages Still Exist
While the number of Scottsdale homes for sale is showing signs of inching up, inventories still remain constrained. Could "pocket listings" — for-sale properties that aren't marketed widely or posted on the MLS — be the real culprit?
The sentiment in the marketplace is that we still have a shortage of inventory, and some believe it is due to the prevalence of pocket listings. Instead of marketing these for-sale properties on the MLS, brokers circulate the listings among their own buyer clients or within their own brokerage. No data exists on the number of pocket listings, but real estate professionals have been reporting a rise in this practice in recent months.
When there is limited inventory, agents convince sellers, because there is so much demand for housing, that maybe as many eyeballs don't need to see their home as in a traditional market. We believe this practice hurts the market, and actually slows down the return to normal Scottsdale home values.
Summer means vacations and breaks for most of us, but Scottsdale scams never take a break, and some even get worse during summer months. Here are five Scottsdale scams that are common in the summer and steps you can take to avoid them, rather than opening up your wallet and giving to them.
Scottsdale Scams To Watch For
Home-Repair Scams. When the weather gets warm, homeowners are more likely to get a knock on the door from someone offering to do repair work at a low price. Usually, they'll claim they've done paving or roofing for someone else in the neighborhood and have extra materials they're willing to unload for cheap. These traveling repairmen typically aren't licensed and do shoddy work. When it comes to home improvement, you should always pick the contractor — don't let them pick you.
Rental Scams. With rental scams, con artists list properties that they don't own on Craigslist or other sites that don't vet posts. Then they take people's money and leave them without a place to stay. If the person listing a rental property will only communicate by e-mail, won't show you the property in advance or asks you to wire money, it's likely a scam.
Travel Scams. There are several travel-related scams, but two of the most common are free cruise and vacation rental scams. Victims of the cruise scam typically are contacted by phone, e-mail or text message and offered a free cruise that actually isn't free. People have to pay a variety of fees to book the cruise and, in the process, have to give up a lot of personal information — which is then sold. If you want to take a cruise, skip the free offers and call your travel agent instead.
Job scams. Scottsdale scams targeting job hunters pop up in the summer when many high school and college students are looking for temporary work. Many revolve around work-at-home jobs that are advertised on signs along the side of the road, in community papers, on Craigslist and on free online job-listing sites. Often the people or companies offering these opportunities will ask job seekers for a lot of personal information, including Social Security numbers, when they apply. Although employers do need this sort of information from new employees, they don't need it during the application process. Too often people are so eager to put themselves in the right light with a prospective employer that they walk right into a trap by providing information that can be used to steal their identities. To guard against job scams, do a search online using the company name or phone number and the word "scam" or "complaint." Also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.
Disaster Relief Scams. If a storm of any variety strikes, there's a good chance con artists will use it as an opportunity to take advantage of people. A variety of scams pop up after most major disasters. For example, after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, fraudulent charities and relief efforts surfaced along with several other cons aimed at taking advantage of disaster victims. If this summer's storm season does result in disasters, don't give to charities that spring up to deal with them. Instead, check out CharityNavigator.org for a list of legitimate organizations that have experience providing disaster relief.
Parents who are going to be sending their kids to college should consider some of the ways buying Scottsdale real estate could actually end up saving them money on those college costs.
Tuition plus room and board runs into the tens of thousands of dollars each year. Imagine what it will cost 5 or 10 years from now. Why not consider cutting down on that "room" portion you're going to be paying anyway by looking at Scottsdale real estate as an investment?
Most students choose to live on campus for their first year or two, but after that they're pretty much on their own when it comes to housing. Many college students today end up going to school for 5 or more years. Many students look to get a house together to save on housing costs.
Scottsdale Real Estate as an Investment
Think about the great investment opportunity as parents to buy a condo or small house in the Scottsdale and rent it out to your student and some of his or her friends.
Most students are very picky about who they want to live with. They live with many people their first year or two in the dorms so they get a sense of how clean they are, how organized they are and things like that. They basically get a sneak preview of what it would be like to live with them without having to do any tenant screening. As a parent/investor, you would be able to leave the entire tenant screening process up to your student.
Nearly every student these days has guaranteed income in the form of their parents income or the federal government. When renting to students you know they will almost never lose their source of income. Just to be safe, you can always have their parents co-sign the lease too.
Even though students are only in school 9 months out of the year, most students understand they will need to sign a lease for 12 months. The only time you might have some trouble with turnover is in the summer months but during the school year you know you will get guaranteed income for 9 straight months every single year on your Scottsdale real estate investment.
Buying a second property or an investment property is always a risk. But when you have to pay up to $10,000 a year or more for your child's housing costs anyway, why not put that money to good use? Students don't expect much when it comes to amenities and repairs so you could save yourself a lot of the headache and heartache in that department as well.
Talk to your financial advisor or CPA about the benefits of offsetting college living expenses for your student before investing in Scottsdale real estate. Remember, your Scottsdale real estate will still be there working for you even after your student graduates.
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Many potential homebuyers have it all wrong when it comes to the order of shopping for a home. Scottsdale mortgage shopping needs to start long before the home shopping process begins.
If you follow the five golden rules of Scottsdale mortgage shopping, life is a lot easier when it's time to start looking for that perfect home.
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