Blow-out real estate prices still ahead

Home clearance sale coming from ‘desperate’ sellers.

Home prices are already a third off their highs, but this summer could bring the real discounts.

Buyers are still cautious, and anxious sellers will have to price aggressively to get them off the fence.

That could result in a “summer clearance sale,” predicts Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia, the real estate web site.

“We don’t imagine a stampede of buyers, like outside of Macy’s on Black Friday,” he said. “We see this more akin to January sales where retailers are trying to get rid of stock before it gets stale.”

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There’s little urgency for buyers to act in this stagnant market because no one expects prices to turnaround, according to Ken Johnson, a real estate professor at Florida International University and co-author of a new study on whether it’s better to buy or rent. Realizing that home prices will likely get even better, buyers can wait for even better deals.

Read: “Home clearance sale coming from ‘desperate’ sellers,“ an article by CNN Money.

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