Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?

Posted on April 30th, 2008 in Mr Mortgage's Personal Opinions/Research

In this video, I cover what I have always used as indicators of a home’s value or investment potential. There is no perfect valuation metric due to wildcards never before seen, such as bank REO inventory, which made up 38% of the existing home sales in March in the state of CA and is being discounted by 20-50%. But, at the very least this video outlines some easily understandable indicators and describes in detail the biggest risks confronting prospective home buyers. Oh and by the way, please subscribe to this blog by entering in your email address above and an daily recap will be sent to your email address. -Best, Mr Mortgage 

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Foreclosure Radar Link

How much house can you afford?Use this table below is conjunction wih the video above in order to figure out how much the median home owner in your city can afford now that all the exotic loan programs are gone. The answer may shock you.

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This simple table below illustrates how so much affordability has been lost in the past year. Without exotic loan programs/guidelines such as interest only, stated income, zero down, 2nd mortgages to replace down payment, higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratios, Pay Option ARMs etc, we have gone back to a 30-yr fixed rate society overnight.


Mr Mortgage – Non-mainstream March Existing Home Sales Report

Mr Mortgage – March Foreclosure Crisis

Mr Mortgage – Here Comes the ALT-A Crisis

3 Responses to “Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?”

  1. […] My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings wrote an interesting post today on Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?Here’s a quick excerpt-Best, Mr Mortgage  YouTube Video Link… […]

  2. This simple table below illustrates how so much affordability has been lost in the past year.

    Did you mean to include another table? I’m interested to see what you think people qualified for under these exotics…

  3. Hey You’ve got a nice page there. I found you on MSN; keep up the good blog.

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