6 Good Reasons to Buy a Home Now
Houses are more affordable than they’ve been in a decade.
By Pat Mertz Esswein, Associate Editor
From Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, October 2011
1. Prices have nearly hit bottom.
In most areas, most of the excess has finally been wrung out of the market. But if you’re buying a first home or looking to trade up, there’s no need to rush. Although prices may fall some more — blame foreclosures still working their way through the system and tighter credit — they won’t fall by much. Fiserv Case-Shiller, which tracks home prices, forecasts that the median price nationwide will ratchet down for about six more months, then stay flat for three or four years.