Since everyone in the country knows who Billionaire Warren Buffet is, it’s fair to call him the most prominent investment expert around. So, when Mr. Buffet offers his opinion of the housing market as he did during a recent interview, Santa Barbara & Montecito residents considering whether to buy a home (or sell one) had good reason to pay attention.
Mr. Buffet is definite in saying that he believes now is a good time to enter or re-enter the housing market. It may not mean that it makes sense for everyone in Santa Barbara or Montecito to go out and buy a home -- but what he does say is more than a little encouraging:
1. Buffet believes that real estate is a good investment right now because of the undeniable price factor. In an interview with CNBC, he even singled out the single-family home as a good investment opportunity. Would he personally buy a home right now? “…A couple hundred thousand” would be about right…if only he had a way to do it!
2. According to the Oracle of Omaha, real estate is now a good long-term investment. In addition, with 30-year fixed rate mortgages below 4%, this looks like a particularly propitious time to buy a home for the long term.
3. He also points out that there is a lot of real estate available for sale. With such a large inventory available in all over the country, Santa Barbara & Montecito buyers join others throughout the country in having an unusually wide number of options available.
Even though Buffet’s prognostications on the housing market have not always been spot-on, his track record as an investor speaks for itself. He points out that while some of these same positives are true of other investments, single-family investors have a built-in advantage over institutional competitors. When we buy a home, it’s likely to be our single largest investment. To institutions, that same purchase is too small to consider. Less competition means more opportunity.
When someone like Warren Buffet says he would invest in hundreds of thousands of homes if only it were feasible, that does have a way of making anyone pause and think. In other words, in case you have been considering whether now is a good time to buy a home or Santa Barbara income property, go ahead and call us. Let’s talk over the prospects.