WHY IS IT A BEST TIME TO BUY REAL ESTATE IN SAN FRANCISCO, SAN MATEO, AND THE BAY AREA NOW?

Excellent interest rates for new mortgages that will make payments lower.  With the lower interest rates you will need to make less to qualify.  Rates have not been like this for 40 years and may not be again!

The marketplace is experiencing lower prices, which translates to more selection and opportunity for buyers.

Sellers are more willing to negotiate on their home– not just on price but on other things.   Buyers who are still in the market are probably very serious and definitely worth working with.

People were still buying homes in the early 80’s when interest rates were18% for FHA and 7 points. Buying a home, even at high interest rates was still a better alternative than renting. If a person has a job and mediocre credit, buying a home is a definite recommendation. The mediocre rate is probably 8%, great time for mediocre credit.

People moving up from start homes to average or mid-price homes are also likely to continue to buy even in slow times. The reason is that they have equity in their current home and with the low rates available, can
afford a much larger home at close to the same payment they are currently making. The buyer can also pull equity or buy investment property.

Thats why you should buy your house now!