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Encouraging News for the U.S.Economy

Good news on manufacturing, construction, and home sales today.  (See  The national economy is showing strength, and more economists are optimistic that the recovery is sustainable.  Obviously, the real issue is job creation.  In the Austin area we have remained among the strongest in the U.S. in that arena.  Time — especially the typically sluggish winter season — will tell, but there is reason for hope.

Related:  it appears that tax incentives for home purchases will continue for a few months.  The program we have had (10% of purchse price up to $8,000) will continue.  In addition, the money says that the program will be expanded to offer $6,500 to move-up buyers who have owned their current homes for at least five years.  I believe that the first program ($8,000) has drawn most first-time homebuyers who were already within a year or so of buying homes.  If the $6,500 incentive for moving up becomes reality, that should have an impact.  The probable bad news is that this will accelerate planned purchases into 1Q and 2Q 2010, leaving a hole in the usually-very-busy summer months.

There is every reason to believe that home values in most of the U.S. will begin to climb again next year.  Home prices, at least in Central Texas, will be increasing next Spring and Summer, and mortgage interest rates are almost certain to increase  next year.  No Realtor(r)-bias involved:  The next six months will be a great time to buy real estate in most U.S. markets.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.


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