Long-time readers who aren't Wall Street Journal subscribers might have missed our mention. The story is behind the WSJ's subscription firewall and I don't want to tempt copyright lawyers by reprinting the entire article on this blog. You can read the article in its entirety here if you are an online subscriber or on page C10 if you get the print edition.
I talked with WSJ reporter Nick Timiraos about the growing number of cash buyers who see bargains amid the current housing price declines. Here's the quote:
"Cash investors have come right out and said, 'We can't make a return on our money in stocks or bonds,'" says Heather Barr, a Realtor based in Gilbert, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb. "They think Phoenix has had such sharp price declines that we've got to be near the bottom and real estate will be a safe place to put their money."
There are bargains to be had in the metro Phoenix real estate market. It’s increasingly easy to find properties in the suburbs that will cash flow immediately after installing a tenant. For those seeking a vacation home, houses are more affordable than they’ve been in years while mortgage rates are still near historic lows.
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