Thursday, December 30, 2010

Buy, or rent in the Valley?

Nationwide an interesting study by Fannie Mae (link below) indicates that most Americans still aspire to be homeowners. More than half (51 percent) of current homeowners and renters say that the housing crisis has not affected their overall willingness to buy a home, according to the study. However, while homeownership aspirations are high for the long-term, Americans have near-term doubts about buying. For the shorter terms, 59 percent of renters said they would continue to rent in their next move, compared with 54 percent in January 2010.

In our area, the Silicon Valley, and more particularly around Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View, but of course including Sunnyvale, Menlo Park and surrounding areas, the activity that I see at week-end open houses and what is reported in my weekly office meetings indicate that there is a strong demand for homes of all types. This area is doing a lot better than most due to the economic landscape and the high number of hiring companies. It is very common to see many, many visitors at the open houses that agents hold (even under heavy rain) and people are pre-approved and ready to buy the right property.

What I do see too is that the demand is more selective and there is pressure on prices.
The whole study on American homeownership aspirations.

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