OTHER PEOPLE’S TOENAILS
This post is not as bizarre as the title may suggest. The topic today is why should people be buying new homes when there is such a large inventory of foreclosures, short sales and just well priced resales.
Greek Mythology has a character called “KAIROS.” As the youngest of the sons of Zeus, he was depicted as a bald young man with a single long lock of hair hanging down from his forehead which depicted opportunity. He would run swiftly and wore no clothes. If you grasped the lock of hair on his forehead as he came upon you, one might have a chance to hold him. Once he had moved past, none could pull him back. Kairos, from Greek Mythology, depicts the brief moment in which opportunity shows up and is gone.
Clearing a site to build a home is inevitable. Anyone can cut trees and move dirt. Clearing a site, reducing the impact on the surrounding land and building a home with green building practices takes talent.
Whenever a home is to be built a team of clearing experts is summoned to perform land improvement duties in an environmentally sensitive way. The first step is identifying the location of where the home is to be built. Once the location for the foot print of the home has been identified one can begin the process of marking which trees must be removed so that construction may begin. Most commonly any tree with in 25′ of the home will need to be removed. The trees within the 25′ need to be removed for several reason, though not limited to the reasons below.
The Tax Credit has passed! We now not only have an extension to the tax credit, but we also have an expansion.
Now homes up to $800,000 can qualify for the credit. The credit does have some restrictions, so make sure to check out all the fine print before investing.
Now is the time to act on the new home tax credit. With the latest provisions that are looking like they are going to pass, a new home credit will be available to all buyers not just first time home buyers. Take a look at the info from the New Home Builder’s Association:
Dear NAHB Executive Board Member and Executive Officer,
What is the value of your location, convenience and comfort?
I ask because it appears in real estate the Pendulum has swung. Let me explain. From 2000 to 2006 the real estate market was a seller’s market. No rocket science there. During this seller’s market the seller abandoned reason to make the deal and push the product. In pushing product, the seller bought more land and lots than they could physically absorb, should the economy even have a small “blip”.
Many of us have heard the word proffer passed around, but few of us know what a proffer is. Below is an article that does a great job describing what a proffer is and how it is really greasing of the political palm instead of acting as a valuable tax for true improvement. Read on, interesting stuff.
Politics and Proffers
As many of you know, our country has been in a massive recession for about 3 years now. Housing has played a large role in the down turn being one of the main employers with every transaction employing from just a few people in a re-sale transaction to an entire army of people in all salary ranges when building a home. People affected range from simple unskilled labor to attorneys, lenders, and title companies.
Interestingly enough the current stimulus bill, about to expire, has not significantly improved the conditions in the housing market.
Green seems to be the going thing these days. It is amazing how even the all the Ford F-150 lovers are even talking Green. It appears Green is here to stay. But, what does going green mean to you? From research it appears that “going green” is not established into as simple demographic as it would seem. Interestingly enough, the younger “greener” generation are less “green” than the 55+ age group.
Comfort zone. Today, more than ever before, a potential purchaser reaches into the subconscious to feel their way through the emotional side of purchasing. Most every transaction in today’s climate is tempered by an emotional decision making process. Each buyer has a personally defined comfort zone, individualized around circumstances & preference, not always rational and easily upset.
OUT we go! It appears the cycle of a buyer’s market is beginning to fade into the annals of history.
Good news is permeating network media in the same way as when we were headed into the abyss of a deep recession.
The sign of the times is evident. Recession has caused the “too big to fail” businesses swagger under the weight of the “too big to fail” corporation size.
When revenue falters on a large scale, it is the “too big to fail” who fail. Why? Out of touch with what the consumer wants? I would venture to say yes.
Wow….all over several sources of news! The word is in from a variety of new sources. The rally cry of appreciation! All this can mean is the bottom has been reached and the end of a buyer’s market is on it’s way. Don’t take my word for it.
Drab. That is the best way to describe the way black and white copy appear when compared to color.
Just recently we received notice that our color copier was out of commission and in need of repair. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but that copier rules our lives at work. Every piece of marketing literature goes through that copier. Once again, doesn’t sound like much until you know we run the equivalent of $30,000 +/- worth of color copies through the machine in a year.
I remember many road trips throughout the United States and abroad. I remember them well not because of the scenery but because they were always plagued by the enduring question “are we there yet?” I’m sure most if not all who have either traveled in childhood or have had kids traveling with them have heard this repetitious question like a scratched vinyl record.