Price, quality, location: Pick two
The bad news keeps coming when it comes to housing. Home prices continue to spiral lower, with the latest Case-Shiller national index showing home prices down 31% from the 2006 peak. New home sales were less than expected in January, too.
Still, there are people looking to buy a home.
The Get Rich Slowly blog offers up sage advice for prospective home buyers.
The post is by Tim Ellis, a former electronic engineer who follows the Seattle housing market.
As an engineer Ellis worked on circuit design, personal computer board layout, and the like. He recalls that every customer wanted a specially designed whiz bang product at a cheap price with 100% reliability and delivered within a week. It’s impossible to do all that, of course. The mantra among the engineers was “Fast, good, cheap: pick any two.” The same holds with real estate:
When it comes to real estate, there’s a corollary to the engineering project triangle that can help you set more realistic expectations when shopping for your home: “Price, quality, location: pick any two.”
Everyone would love to buy the $100,000, brand-new, 3,000-square-foot home on an acre lot with a sweet view and an easy commute near the heart of their favorite city. No such home exists! — nor will it ever exist. If you’re serious about buying a home, you’re going to have to set appropriate, attainable goals for your search.
He then runs through each category to help you decide which two to pick.
As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.
Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.
Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.