Consumer Confidence For Buying & Selling Homes Is Up
GAINESVILLE - The realtor agents I talked to today, tell me it's more affordable to buy a house today than it was years ago. In the general market of real estate, consumer confidence is rising. Giving people here in Gainesville a sense of reassurance, not just to buy but to sell as well.
The Arnoldo's are taking advantage of this window of opportunity in the housing market to build a house. Laude & Marianne Arnaldo
"we see that opportunity now with things improving, we got a really good price on a bigger lot than what we had before, we're actually building a bigger home than what we had before and we're paying a lot less money than what we paid originally."
Perhaps this is why the parade of homes couldn't have come at a better time for them. Margie Krpan with the builders association of North Central Florida says people aren't only coming out to buy but to get ideas, which also helps the economy. "So if they're thinking about paint color or they're thinking about carpeting or tile or brick, they may leave here with their ideas and they go to a local store and they're spending money, so it's a spin-off effect for our local community and it's a good thing."
John Crimmins with Allison Ables real estate says his customers are more eager to buy now then they were a few years back. "We've seen prices rise a little bit but inventory has also been shrinking it's really a good time to buy and sell. Sellers are a lot more eager because they can get out from under their mortgage now."
For example in Alachua County building permits are up by 37 percent. Showing a demand for more homes in the market, from 2011 to 2012. Brenda Banks, a realtor and sales consultant says, "If they're waiting for the low part of the market they missed it about 6 months ago. Prices are going up, we're seeing that trend over the last 6 and 7 months, they continue to go up. So if you are considering buying whether its now or within the next year, now is the best time to do it."
The parade of homes is not only open this weekend but next weekend as well, all day from 10am-6pm. For more information you can check out their website.
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