Are condo “incentives” just fluff?

Here’s an interesting article a blogger wrote about all these incentives developers are now offering. He seems to think that they’re doing this just to keep the sale costs from going down (i.e., not to give the buyers the impression the market is going south).

What are your thoughts about this? And the “bubble” in general? Hoboken Real Estate?

“Real Truth” on Incentives

I don’t understand why no one has written an in-depth article about the “real truth” on incentives and how much more they cost the buyer.

Incentives only help the industry, but they hurt the buyer.

1. You’d be better off paying for upgrades, plasma tv’s, even cars out of your own pocket on your own terms. You can get a plasma tv finance from most major electronics stores for 0%. why would you want that financed into your mortgage over 30 years?!?!

2. $20k worth of options really ends up costing you $43k over 30 years at 6%. You’re better off having the home price reduced by $20k which will save you $23k over the next 30 years.

3. When it comes time to resell your home, you could have more of a profit if they just reduce the price. If you have an inflated home price, thats less profit for you when closing time comes. Live like the stock market, buy low-sell high. You can’t short a house, so overpaying is only your fault.

4. The incentives only help the industry, not the buyer. They do that to keep prices “inflated” so other recent home buyers don’t get upset and to keep median prices high so that other potential buyers do not see home prices falling. God forbid prices fall, more people might be able to afford them. Why does the industry keep insisting real-estate isn’t cyclical, when it is?

5. You can get more for your money (in terms of upgrades) if you shop around. Chances are that $15k countertop is only costing the seller $8k. Now with many retailers and contractors feeling the chill, they’ll be desperate to take on new jobs. They’ll have to be competitive as well.

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Saturday, September 2, 2006 4:59 pm

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Friday, September 1, 2006 11:44 am

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Friday, September 1, 2006 10:38 am

If you re-read my posts you will see a compliment in there, as well as a reference to writers block which is not uncommon for bloggers. Hoboken411 if you are going to attempt personal attacks make sure you grow a thicker skin first. I know you can’t take any kind of critism without making it WWIII.

Friday, September 1, 2006 10:17 am


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