It appears real estate values continue to decline after the latest release of S&P/Case Shiller index.  The majority of cities saw continued declines in values.  So what is behind this decline

  • increased interest rates: rates have recently come off the historic lows which limits borrowers purchasing power
  • Continued tough underwriting standards by banks; banks have not gone back to the lax underwriting days and credit remains tight
  • Influx of foreclosed houses: the recent stall in foreclosure due to document snafus has merely delayed the inevitable
  • Continued uncertainty in the job market

The factors above in my opinion are the contributing factors in the continuing real estate market decline.  I don’t think we are totally at the bottom yet either.  For more information on the Denver market please visit www.cohardmoney.com and for the Atlanta market: www.georgiahardmoney.com

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