Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) October 14, 2009 -- Our country's economy, like many things, is on a cycle and just like the old adage says, what goes up, must come down. We experienced a boom in real estate in the early 2000s and we are merely seeing the after effects of that boom now. While perhaps you may not be able to purchase a million-dollar oceanfront property this year, or even next; you will still be able to realize your very own version of the American dream.
The Mortgage Bankers Association issued a statement saying "Sales of existing homes will rise 11 percent in 2010, and sales of new homes will climb 21 percent over this year." This is great news for everyone, particularly future homeowners! What this means is that we are entering a part of the real estate cycle where things will start going back up. Just like everything else, you have to practice patience and good judgment when buying a home. Homes in the lower end of the market, also known as "entry level" or "starter" homes are a great place to start. Buying a starter home will not only ease you into the concept of owning a home, but will also familiarize you with the process of actually purchasing it. Additionally, while living in your new home, you will be able to experience the trials, tribulations and joys associated with being a homeowner.
Having a great real estate agent is the first step in this process. You will need someone to guide you through the market, not only in terms of prices and mortgages but also in terms of choosing a home that fits your lifestyle. Remember, your agent has access to multitudes of customers, buyers and sellers and the best way for you to take advantage of everyone else's experience is to work with an agent who is experienced!