" " " Maine's Waterfront Real Estate News: January 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Maine Real Estate Report

While home prices in some U.S. markets increased 15-20% annually in the early 2000’s, Maine prices went up around 5% annually. In our cyclical real estate market, what goes up must eventually come down a bit, soMaine didn’t have as far to fall. The market re-set here about 20-25% below its peak in 2006.

In line with the national upward trend, Portland, Maine median sold home prices for the 5 months starting in July were 207k, 198k, 204k, 200k, and 212k respectively. Volume on the other hand has been way up for this area.

So it now seems we have found the approximate bottom of the real estate market, with prices firming up and sellers refusing to go lower than 25% from the peak in 2006 to move their property now..

In short, we are cautiously optimistic that 2010 will be a year of healthy sales volume, as there is a large inventory to choose from, and borrowing costs are as low as they will be for a long time to come.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Real Estate Forecast

New Year’s 2010 looks a whole lot more positive for real estate and housing than things did last year at this time.

The out look right now is a complete contrast -- home sales have been rising for several months, thanks in part to the federal tax credit programs, new home starts and permits are up in most parts of the country, and prices are generally trending up in most of the markets that got shell-shocked in the bust.

So here’s what many economists are projecting:

• 2010 will continue to be an optimum buyer’s market, where those in a position to purchase will continue to receive and negotiate optimum deals.

• Home prices are expected to rise 3 to 5 percent in 2010

• Mortgage interest rates are projected to move up from just over 5% for 30 year loans to 6% by late 2010.