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    Future House Prices

    As baby boomers retire, home markets will hurt - USATODAY.com

    As baby boomers retire, home markets will hurt
    By Noelle Knox, USA TODAY
    The next housing downturn is already on the horizon — and it looks like it's going to be a long one.
    In the next two decades, as millions of aging baby boomers put their homes on the market, they'll put downward pressure on prices, and their exodus will reshape neighborhoods and cities coast to coast, according to research released Wednesday.

    BIG ADVANTAGE: Older boomers caught all the breaks

    In some states, the trend has already begun, making it harder for areas to recover from the real estate recession, which isn't expected to bottom out until the second half of this year at the earliest.
    There are already more sellers than buyers in six states: Connecticut, New York (excluding Manhattan), North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Hawaii. The trend first hits areas with cold weather and traffic congestion, which tend to drive retirees away.
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    Boomers were "an incoming tide for four decades. Now the tide's turned, and it's going to make it much harder for housing markets to rise," said Dowell Myers, professor of policy, planning and development at the University of Southern California and co-author of the study. The trend has long been anticipated, but Myers is the first to analyze buying and selling, state by state.
    Nationwide, the ratio of seniors to working-age residents will increase by 67% in the next 20 years. As boomers age, more will move into assisted-living centers, apartments or relatives' houses. Those with two homes may sell one and retire to their vacation house. And when they pass on, many of their heirs will sell the properties.
    Last hit should be warm-weather states, such as Florida, Arizona and Nevada, where retirees usually sell late in life. That's good news for homeowners in those states, where prices and sales are reeling from the collapse of the real estate bubble.
    Myers' research, which included population and immigration projections from the U.S. Census, shows that the baby boom housing bubble will hit the Northeast and Midwest hard.
    "It's most pertinent to declining parts of the country," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who agrees with Myers' conclusions. "The glut of homes on the market from baby boomers will depress the housing market and have an impact on some suburban neighborhoods that will come to look like older city neighborhoods that have undergone blight and disrepair."
    The math is simple: 79 million boomers have driven up housing demand. That trend will reverse itself when boomers are age 65 to 75; there will be three sellers for each buyer, Myers says.
    He and Frey say governments need to help create jobs so young adults and immigrants can buy homes.

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    Re: Future House Prices

    Well crap... I figured things would get bad, but I just bought my first house in August and wasn't planning on being in it all that long... maybe that will have to change.


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    Re: Future House Prices

    The days of moving every 2 years and making a profit are long gone. Best bet is to buy what you need and sit tight for several years.



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    Re: Future House Prices

    Now is a good time to buy a secondary home. Like a Condo in the Ozarks. They are having a real tuff time right now selling Condo's due to the economy and the overbuilding of them. I would say that if you buy now or wait until after the summer you can score a killer deal on one. We have a current offer on one pending the sale of our other one. Problem is the one we have now is not selling. So the decision is weather we want to cut the price and lose some money or just say screw it and stay there. I am in the screw it camp. The place is only 5 years old so it's still in good shape. Probably needs new carpet.



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    Re: Future House Prices

    I hope the market stays good for a few more months, mine is going on the market the first of march.


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    Re: Future House Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    I hope the market stays good for a few more months, mine is going on the market the first of march.
    If I were you I would be hoping the market gets better, because it sure isn't looking to good right now at all.



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    Re: Future House Prices

    Looks like Ill just have to paint the ugly out of my house for a few years.



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