Jeffrey Bastress, founder, president and broker-owner for East Coast brokerage company Startpoint Realty. He will speak at the upcoming Inman News Real Estate Connect conference in New York City, which runs from Jan. 7-9, 2009. Startpoint is a full-service brokerage that operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida. Bastress responded to a set of questions posed by Inman News: What do you see happening in the real estate market in 2009? Buyers are just now regaining confidence. I expect this to grow through the winter. I think 2009 will turn toward a better market, and I predict by September 2009 it will be very strong. There are many pent-up reasons now for buyers to get off the fence, and as long as interest rates remain low (the market) will be back ...
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