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Old 11-17-2007, 11:47 AM
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I'm amazed at the number of MLS closings/sales all over the North/South East coast in November especially in Phoenixville/Collegeville. I would like to hear from Agents. Why now ? Are Sellers giving into "Lowballers"(Buyers) ? Is the Real Estate market making a "comeback" ? Are Buyers finally giving in to the stagnant home inventory on the market ? I always thought Real Estate sales were slow this time of year. Should Sellers start pricing their homes a bit higher now ? Thanks for your input.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:46 AM
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In Berks, hew home sales are down more than 50% over last year although prices are up slightly. From what I gather that's better than most eastern pa counties.
Good houses will still sell and people who can actually afford them will still buy them. High gas prices will make commuting less attractive, as will having to light and heat large homes. All in all, for open space supporters, times are looking pretty good. No more losing farms and woodlands for mcmansions.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:00 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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We are selling a home in East Coventry-a few miles down 422 from Phoenixville and we have seen a surge in showings for our home over the past month. Personally, I think those who were waiting to see how low the price would go AND want in before the holidays are now on the move and bidding on homes. Also, I think people have waited for the prices to come lower and now that they have they want to take advantage in case they go back up. Not every market will continue to decrease. I think areas like Phoenixville and Collegeville offer a lot in not a long commute AND are a bit rural, more relaxed.
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Old 11-22-2007, 03:54 AM
Location: Chester County
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I probably would not call it low balling. We all know that a home is only worth what a qualified buyer is willing to pay for a house. In every area/city or township their is what we call a Market Absorption rating. For those of you that don't know what that is , you take the number of homes that sold with in the last 12 months divide by 12 and get a number, then take the number of active listing and divide by the previous number. I am sure what you have seen is probabaly those ratings start to kick in before the holidays as this time of year starts to slow down. As for a comeback, i dont believe the market is bad but i don't think it's great either. Rates are still hovering around 7%, the bad news for buyers is pretty much have to have great credit and you must have down money.
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:46 PM
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It's strange in my immediate area (Broomall, Delaware County) I've seen a few houses actually go up for sale and for much more then what I have it listed at (I've lowered it a number of times). With this new agent I've been getting at least 2 showings a week with the last 3 week no showings. Out of the blue today I got a showing so I was thinking maybe because it's a long weekend and people are off. I didn't think I would get any action around this time of the year. I think I may just keep it up through the holidays instead of taking it off and then putting it back on.

I think the market it slow but not bad in our area. The more homes to choose from is what's killing everyone. Buyers are going at snail pace.
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Old 11-24-2007, 01:32 PM
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I've been rather shocked how well the local market has been doing.
I have a rather cutesy house and for some reason appraisers love to stop by and take pics for their comps.
Seen 3 different appraisers pop out with their cameras over last week.
One of them said everything is hopping for him and no slow down in biz.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:02 PM
Location: Metropolis
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Market is still correcting. Everywhere except Manhattan.
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