This was on Forbes.com today and thought it was a very encouraging article for the Tampa area.
Towers of Channelside
Home sales have sunk to their lowest levels since 2001. Investors are jumping ship, foreclosures are mounting and lenders are exercising caution.
Still, there are areas of the county where it makes sense for some to buy. That’s because, in a market slump, sellers eager to unload their homes often accept less money from buyers. New construction also slows. Both bode well for those hoping to score a deal–if the market in which they are buying is expected to experience increased sales.
Tampa and Miami–are expecting to see significant pickups in sales activity, according to Moody’s, and therefore become better buyers’ markets because of a relatively lower risk.
But economists caution that while over the next year the dust may settle in these 10 spots, buyers should be prepared for future swings. This is especially true in the case of riskier markets like Orlando and Las Vegas, where the expected increase in sales volume and housing turnover doesn’t necessarily mean that the price trough is imminent.
To find such places, we paired with Moody’s Economy.com to research current home sales patterns and sales projections in the country’s 40 biggest real estate markets. Based on models that estimated 2008 housing inventory, sales rates and turnover, we arrived at a list of markets that are experiencing price stalls or declines, but where over the coming year are expected to provide deals for buyers.
“Housing market activity revives when house prices decline sufficiently to restore housing affordability and entice buyers to step up and make a purchase,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “Some markets are already approaching those price points, in many others prices will have to decline much more to get to that point.”