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Salt Lake City and Provo added to the Improving Market List

Salt Lake City and Provo have been added to the Improving Housing Markets (IHM) list maintained by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Since December the list has added 57 metro areas around the U.S., signaling at least a stabilization, if not a recovery, of the housing market in America.

Building permits for the Salt Lake City metropolitan area have increased 2.3% since it’s lowest point in March 2009, home prices are up 0.4% from it’s lowest point in March 2011 and employment is up 3.6% since February 2010.

Building Permits for the Provo metropolitan area are up 2.7% from it’s low in February 2009, home prices are up 1.1% since March 2011 and employment is up 4.6% since December 2009.

The Improving Housing Markets list identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvements in employment, housing permits and home prices for at least six consecutive months. To measure market performance, the National Association of Builders gathers information from Freddie Mac, U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Investors part of sinking home prices

According to Campbell Surveys, 47 percent of all home sales currently are on distressed properties. A distressed property is one that is either in the foreclosure process or has been foreclosed on. Homeowners executing a pre-foreclosure sale and banks prefer the quick cash of an investor to waiting 30 to 45 days (or longer if the borrower applied for a loan through a bank) for a buyer using financing to buy the home. Investors bought 23% of all homes sold in the past year, 3 out of 4 of them paying cash. This is causing downward pressure on home prices since investors with cash are typically paying 10 to 20 percent less than someone who would by the house as a primary residence, and cash-in-hand right now speaks loud to someone facing foreclosure.

Is this a concern? I think it is right now, but, those homes being bought by investors now will be resold at or near market price, usually within 6 months of being bought by the investor. So the market will correct itself, it will just take a bit longer. And being full-value sales home values may increase faster than we think.

If this shows anything, it’s if you are looking to take advantage of a foreclosed home, or one in foreclosure or being sold as a short-sale, have your ducks in a row and have your financing in place before you place an offer. If everything except the appraisal and title work has been done a purchase loan can usually be closed in 14 days or less.

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Some areas in Salt Lake County seeing are property value increases

According to the Utah Realtors Association some areas in Utah are seeing home values increase. Here are the gainers in the third quarter 2011 report. Increase are compared to the same period in 2010:

Riverton 84065 +6.2%
West Jordan 84088 +4.7%
Herriman 84096 0.0%
Salt Lake City 84103 +19.1%
Salt Lake City 84105 +1.4%
Salt Lake City 84108 +1.5%
Salt Lake City 84115 +7.7%

Hopefully your home is in one of these zip codes.

Cory Ure
Medallion Mortgage Company
448 E 6400 S, Suite 100
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 971-7916

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