For those who have been watching, the Obama Stimulus Plan seems to be moving forward for him to sign it into law now. While I am no expert on the subject, it appears to contain roughly 286 billion dollars in tax cuts and 54 billion dollars for cash-strapped states, the package contains 311billion dollars in appropriations, including 120 billion dollars in infrastructure, 14.2 billion dollars for health care, 105.9 billion dollars for education and training.
It also includes more than 37.5 billion dollars for energy infrastructure, 24.3 billion dollars for those impacted by the economic crisis and 7.8 billion dollars for law enforcement and other programs. But what about a real estate stimulus you might ask ....
The Obama Stimulus Plan Moves Forward Without $15,000 Housing Tax Credit
While there is still a tax-credit program for first-time home buyers, the $15K tax credit for home buyers has been pulled from the Obama Stimulus Plan. But this is old news you say.... Well, how about this for a little different view.
The Banks Have Been Stone-Walling Foreclosures
That's right. Many mortgage lenders and banks around the country have been sitting on their hind quarters, waiting for "the plan" that would bail them out of all of their bad loans. They were hoping for a stimulus package that would get buyers to start heavily-buying homes and that all of their "toxic assets" (read that as loans they have on the books of which they are not receiving payments) would be satisfied in with the sale of the homes. Not gonna happen...
Banks Will Be More Aggressive In Selling Distressed Properties
Now that the writing is on the walls, mortgage lenders will now need to move forward liquidating their non-performing assets. No longer will they sit back and hope that the Government will bail them out, it's time to move on. This means that we should expect to see the closing times reduced for Tallahassee short sales.
Be Prepared If You Need To Sell Your Home Short
The first advice I give to anybody who is thinking about selling a home short is to work with an expert. Just about every active REALTOR has been involved in one or two short sales, but it takes 5 or more to really understand the processes involved. You see, each and every different lender has a different (and changing) process for handling distressed properties.
The second bit of advice I give to people selling their home short is to be prepared. Dave Peeples, of ShortSaleBlogger.com provides great advice for getting ready to perform a short sale in What Goes In A Short Sale Packet (and Why)?" and also hosts one of the highest trafficked sites (at ShortSaleBlogger) on the web that is dedicated to the Niche of Short Sales.
Short Sales And Foreclosures To Increase Influence On Market
In the recent past, a home buyer who needed to close on a home in a normal, 30-45 day cycle could not really look to buy short sales. The process of working short sales through a bank took a long period of time, so only buyers with very flexible moving capabilities were able to "play the game" in order to get a great deal on a short sale home.
But that is all going to change now. Banks are no longer wondering if the Government is going to be there for them. They will commit to removing these non-performing assets and they will do it with more urgency than we have ever seen.
Foreclosures Are Not Just Ugly Properties
Another thing to consider is that short sales and foreclosures are occurring at such an alarming rate that many of these homes are actually meticulously maintained and in excellent shape. As Summer Munyon wrote in Foreclosures Having Larger Affect On Housing Market, a 2008-2009 foreclosure or short sale "looks much different than a foreclosure prior to 2008. Many of these homes have been well-maintained and economic hardships may have resulted in a seller relocating to another state with negative equity in their home, an inability to continue to make the mortgage on a home, etc". Regardless of the reason, the rush of these properties hitting the market represent real competition to existing homes for sale in Tallahassee.
2009 To See Strongest Pricing Pressures
Because there is already a glut of homes on the market, the timing for these short sales and foreclosures streaming into the market could not be worse. While many current home owners have stood-by there price, banks will not be doing so. They will slash their prices until the homes sell. And these homes will compete with those already on the market.
Remember, if you have to sell a home in Tallahassee, make sure you price it correctly from the start. The initial market position is so important that making a mistake here could cost you tens of thousands of dollars or more. And if you do not absolutely need to sell your home, then stay in it and please pull it off the market. We continually stress the importance of inventory reduction, and pulling your home off the market is an excellent step in the right direction.
You can always look to our Short Sale And Foreclosure Summary in order to see what is brewing in the world of distressed properties in Tallahassee. This is a part of the market that historically is statistically insignificant, but that is all about to change.
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Joe Manausa, MBA is a 26 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.