As the housing market continues its slow but steady recovery, many Michigan investors and residents are considering purchasing properties while prices are still low. At the same time, the market has gotten more competitive than it was over the past few years, and desirable properties are now getting multiple offers at competitive prices, giving sellers an advantage in choosing the most desirable buyer.
Mortgage agreements are complex and difficult for many consumers to understand. Prospective buyers often rely on the expertise of their realtor and the advice of their mortgage company representative or banker to help them parse the language and terms of the agreement. Some homebuyers choose to be represented by an attorney in the negotiation and execution of a home purchase so that they have an expert that will advocate for their interests alone.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC is warning anyone who owns a timeshare to expect a call from phony companies perpetrating a fraud. The scheme has become so widespread that the FTC says timeshare owners all over the country can expect to be approached and offered phony deals. These scams can have serious financial repercussions for owners of vacation properties who were relying on the profits from the sale to cover other expenses.
While the economy is certainly not totally recovered, this might still be a good time for some Michigan residents to consider buying a second property. With low mortgage rates and plenty on the market to choose from, many people who can afford it are choosing to purchase a second home or vacation property.
New housing data indicates that short sales are become more and more common as an alternative to possible foreclosure. A short sale occurs when a property owner sells for less than the amount owed on their mortgages. A short sale may enable a property owner to preserve their credit rating and avoid a default on their mortgage.
An English manor-style home built in 1915 is back on the market in Detroit for the first time in more than 30 years. The historic home, known as Stone Hedge, is a rare glimpse in to life in Detroit just after the turn of the century. The lavish home is over 9,000 square feet and has quartersawn oak paneled walls, 11 bedrooms, and nine fireplaces.
Detroit is one of only three metro areas to show a rise in home prices, according to the Case-Shiller index released recently. The report shows that in January of 2012, home prices were up by 1.7% over the previous year. Experts say that it is difficult to draw conclusions from this set of data because of the large percentage of short-sales that are occurring in the metro area. Although for the last seven months prices have increased in Detroit, overall they are still below prices from the 2000.
What if, instead of re-selling a foreclosed property, the bank decided a renovate it and become a landlord? This could become the norm, as more and more investment banks have begun bidding on large pools of foreclosed properties and converting them in to rental housing.