What will happen to interest rates?

With all of the budget problems we are going through, how will it affect interest rates?  Well according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun,  rates may increase however, there are other factors that could keep rates down. 

Right now  the rates have hit an all time low, 4.15%, and will stay low for another 2 years.  This is due to the faltering economy.  Although rates are at a all time low, sales of homes fell last month by 3.5% compared to the same time last year. 

This is an excellent time for buyers to purchase their home. 

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How are we doing???

If our government continues to ignore our budget problems that we have today, we will be in the same credit classification as Greece.  Once we loose our credibility, things will be more expensive.  Something has to be done.  

Although our budget is operating at a 60 % deficit, home sales have increased and is on track to out perform last year.  This increase is fueled by homes being more affordable, historically low interest rates, and lower unemployment, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist.  April did show signs of  our economy improving but the housing industry is still fragile

Even though we have an increase in sales, the values of the homes have dropped 3% in the first quarter of 2011, which makes this decline the largest since 2008. 

With all this going on, it’s still a great time to make that investment in the “Great American Dream”.     

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Is the market recovering?

Home sales rose slightly last month.  This is the sixth month in a row that home sales have increased.  Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says “We’re clearly on a recovery path”.  This is a good sign and sales should continue to increase. 

There are all types of buyers out taking advantage of the market.  First time buyers purchased 33% of homes sold in March and all cash buyers purchased 35% of the homes sold, for example.  With the market current market conditions, it makes more sense to purchase a property then renting.       

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Sales are down

Home sales have fallen in February and is normal for a uneven recovery.  According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, even though properties are more affordable and the economy is improving, we will continue to see a rocky recovery as long as we have problems with tight credit and lower prices. 

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Is the market really turning around?

In January, pending home sales declined however, the data is based on contracts signed in January not closings.  According to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, “The housing market is healing with sales fluctuating at times, depending on the flow of distressed properties coming on the market,” he said.  He expects the recovery will be a straight upward path because there is still an elevated level of shadow inventory of distressed homes and interest rates are still historically low.  

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are plenty of signs that the housing market finally bottoming out.  If investors and buyers continue to take advantage of the most affordable housing in decades, prices will probably bottom out in 2011.   

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Home sales rebound in 49 states

During the 4th quarter of 2010,  over half of the metropolitan areas have experienced price gains from a year ago, but the rest of the areas did not.  NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun is encouraged by the trend and says the sales in the last quarter of 2010 has absorbed much of the inventory including distress properties.  This could be a good sign that we may be recovering.  With the continued improvement of the market and more jobs become available, the market will be back to normal. 

Interest rates have been a big factor in sustaining the sales of homes.  Last year we have seen interest rates at its all time low, but the rates have been inching up.  This is a reaction to the housing recovery that we might be experiencing.  We may never see rates lower then 5% in the future.  In my 30 years of working in this industry, I thought I would never see interest rates lower than 6%, but it did happen.  If you’re planning to finance a purchase or refinancing an existing property, you may want to do it now before the rates go sky high.

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Home sales improving!!!

Now that we are in the last part of the year, how is the real estate market? Well for the month of September, existing home sales were up by 10% from the month of August.  However, sales are down by 19.1% compared to September 2009.  This is a great opportunity for buyers to take advantage of the market.  It’s no wonder that Americans still think about owning their own home.  80% of Americans believe in buying a home is a good financial decision.

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