Will Rogers, world famous humorist in the twenties and thirties, said, “buy land, they ain’t making any more of it.” Land back then was dirt cheap, especially during the Great Depression. History repeats itself and now you have the opportunity to make it work for you.
The Median Price has gone from the bottom of $305,000.00 to $350,000.00 in February 2009 up to $350,000.00 by end of May 2009. The number of foreclosures on the market in Santa Rosa has gone down from 350+- in November and December 2008 to 101 as of last Thursday.
You know, A LOT of people made money during that Great Depression. How? They did not follow the pack. This is very hard to do. The best managers of money (Boone Pickens, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates – for example) are a different breed of cat. They seem to operate opposite of the crowd. They buy when no one else is and they will freely tell you to do the same. It takes a brave soul to not follow the crowd.
There are statistics that show things are not as bad as they seem. In Sonoma County home sales are up – way up. First time buyers can finally afford to buy and they are. There are multiple offers on many homes. Homebuyer loans are getting approved and people are moving into these homes. There are not as many homes on the market as there were at the peak in November 2008, which will serve to drive the prices up.
The moral of the story is – “buy land, they ain’t making any more of it.”
Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.