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Buying Luxury Homes in a Recession

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By : Jamie Mathwig    99 or more times read
While you might think that during a recession is a bad time to buy luxury real estate, in fact, it can be a great time to buy a property that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. While in most areas across the country, real estate sales have been brisk for moderately priced properties, luxury real estate has been much slower to pick up again. This is likely due in part to the fact that luxury properties have much higher asking prices and also because some home owners have been very reluctant to drop the prices on luxury homes that they paid millions more for only a few short years ago.

Many luxury home owners have reluctantly come to the realization over the past months that their home needs to be priced more in line with the value that their homes have dropped to instead of the prices that they may have paid for their homes in recent years when the market was inflated. Because many buyers are anticipating an increase in real estate prices in the spring, there are an increased number of buyers looking now to get a great deal on luxury real estate before the prices increase again.

In many places it is a good time to buy luxury real estate because so many of these homes have gone up on the market and so few buyers have been interested in buying expensive homes and properties; consequently there is a lot to choose from.

If you are looking to buy luxury real estate in a particular area, make sure that you research agents first to make sure that you hire someone who you can work with who has a specialty in luxury real estate sales. As with regular home buying, make sure that you have all your ducks in a row in regards to financing; a pre-approved mortgage is always a good idea when you’re actively looking at new homes.

Just like when you buy an average home, luxury home buying also requires that you take the time to choose a home that has the features that you need and that you have an inspector come and make sure that the home doesn’t require substantial repairs or unpleasant surprises.

When you’re buying a luxury home, you should be even more cautious than you are when you buy a non-luxury home as it can entail investing a much larger amount of money and consequently more time into paying that mortgage off. Engage your Realtor to help you with your endeavour!
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