According to the S&P/Case-Shiller index, property values in 20 cities declined 3.7 percent from November 2010.
Rather than relocate, many homeowners are improving their existing residences, with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry expecting $113.6 billion to be spent on remodeling through the third quarter.
The article points out that despite the fact that 30-year mortgage rates are under 4 percent and home prices have remained low, many people still can’t to take advantage of increased housing affordability since their personal balance sheets are a mess.
But according to a recent article in Realty Times, the second-home market may be a shining star in the real estate market.
Experts predict a growing number of baby boomers will snap up vacation and rental properties in the coming years, with many planning to retire in these homes.
Second-home buyers tend to purchase distressed properties at a discount, but experts say the dwellings are vacant for 90 percent of the year and that buyers could be earning rental income.
Second-home buyers should work with a professional to learn the opportunities available to them with regard to renting, as those who use the property for no more than 14 days per year can deduct as much as $25,000 for maintenance and other expenses.
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