Bring On the Wal-Mart Mortgage, America Says
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumers want in on what remains of the nation's cheap real estate, and for some polled by Carlisle & Gallagher, a Charlotte, N.C.-based management and consulting firm, the best way could be getting a mortgage from Wal-Mart.
In fact, one in three consumers say they would "consider" a Wal-Mart (WMT) mortgage, the company says.
Part of this could be wishful thinking from people feeling they're missing out on affordable homes.
Coldwell Banker is out with its newest list of America's most expensive and affordable real estate markets. The top six most expensive markets are all in California, with Los Altos the priciest market at $1.7 million for an average home purchase; the most affordable U.S. market: Redford, Mich., where you can snap up a home for $60,000 (nearby Detroit is third on the list, at $65,000 for a new home).
"Overall, the report found the average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the U.S. to be $292,152," Coldwell Banker says in its most recent Home Listing Report. "Affordability remains strong in many markets across the country, as 36% of the markets analyzed by the report had an average home listing price of less than $200,000 for four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes."
But bank executives find they're increasingly not part of the homeowner vision, as 80% of consumers surveyed by Carlisle & Gallagher say they would check out a "non-bank" for their next mortgage. The company interviewed 618 American adults in September, and the results are surprising and alarming for traditional mortgage lenders. (In the survey, 48% would even consider a mortgage from PayPal.)