How much is your property REALLY worth?


 

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Okay.  It’s been an interesting 12 months with its fair share of economic triage.  There’s been speculation about everything from employment, inflation, the price of gold, interest rates and the value of real estate which many would say is where the whole mess started.

Of course the banks are in the cross-hairs for approving loans with repayments that could never be sustained.  But the media who crucify them daily seem to overlook the millions of homeowners who took the plunge, bought and now own real estate they never could under current qualifying rules.

But I digress…

What does the next year hold for property owners?  Will our investments, including the sacred roof over our heads, be worth more or less a year out from now?  It seems the answer depends on where you are.   Canada officially went into a recession and is out.  The US went into a bigger recession and if you go state-by-state, many are still in one (unless you want an apartment in Manhattan which is ‘boomtown’ right now).  Australia never officially went into a recession and prices are great in some areas and down in others depending on supply and demand.  New Zealand just won the gong for being the most non corrupt country on the planet so needless to say everyone wants to live in the jewel of the South Pacific so prices are strong in major cities.

The US Government bailout looks to have worked, however the long term effect of this on the economy is unknown.  Debt levels in the USA have never been anything like where they are today and we’re talking about a country spending more than one billion dollars a day fighting two wars.  The strength of the US dollar and trending inflation are the two big question marks.

General economic views confirm we can look forward to slow and steady growth but I fear this gives false hope to property owners who really want to sell but are holding out for the next big boom.  In fact, an increase in bank mortgage rates is usually followed by a softening in prices.

The best advice I can offer is to speak with your local real estate professional and get a solid local opinion.  Every area and every market is different.  Only your local pro knows.  Click here to arrange a current market opinion with the recommended real estate professional in your area

 

Article By Ray Wood.
Founder & CEO of Bestagents Real Estate Group

 

 

Author: Dianne Ray

I have almost thirty years in business management in the hospitality, tourism, hospitality, real estate and service industries and in education as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE Colleges. I was born in the Western District in Victoria, my schooling was in Hamilton and Melbourne and my Tertiary Education was at Melbourne and Monash Universities. My family consists of 4 sons, 3 daughter in laws and 5 grandchildren. Over the last 9 years I made my home in Noosa, Queensland and since February 2011 have moved to Brighton, a suburb of Brisbane and contract to 2nd Avenue Realty as a licensed real estate agent. Selling residential property in the the Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge and other areas. I also sell and market boutique accommodation properties, such as Bed & Breakfasts,Self contained Cottages around Australia on http://www.dianneray.com Over my life time I have travelled extensively throughout Australia and numerous times overseas. My interests are obviously travel, all aspects of sport especially golf, outdoor pursuits, fine dining, appreciation of wine and love meeting people. I gained my Bachelor of Education and taught secondary and TAFE students for a number of years and studied for my Masters in Business Administration. I have been self employed for the last 20 years comprising owning and operating an exclusive 4.5 star B&B; established an e-commerce business involving the hospitality and accommodation industry; in selling, marketing, training workshops, relief service and management. I changed my career path ten years ago and concentrated on real estate and business broking. I am a licensed real estate agent in Queensland. My involvement in real estate has been very satisfying and I enjoy the interaction with the buyers and sellers. In my role as a real estate agent, I am able to effectively fulfil the needs of clients and this is my passion, and to use my skills to obtain a win/win situation for everyone involved. I believe in the old traditional values of respect, integrity and genuineness and I am very passionate about helping people with their needs and I focus on listening to and genuinely helping my clients. I am a very honest, natural outgoing person who enjoys life to the fullest “My mission is to live with integrity and compassion and to make a positive difference in the lives of others”