Saturday, June 9, 2007

Better think twice about waiting to buy!

Rates on 30-year mortgages jump
Mortgage Rate Trend Index Rates will continue to rise over the next 30 to 45 days, say 58 percent of the mortgage experts polled by Bankrate.com. Only 16 percent say rates will fall; the remaining 26 percent predicting little change.

WASHINGTON – June 8, 2007 – Rates on 30-year mortgages rose for a fourth straight week, hitting the highest level in 10 months, as bond markets responded to strong employment growth.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.53 percent this week. That was up sharply from 6.42 percent last week and represented the highest point for 30-year mortgages since they averaged 6.55 percent on Aug. 10.

I think the rates are going to continue to rise in the coming months. If you're sitting on the fence right now, thinking about buying---I think you'd better consider making your move! Call me today and we'll talk about making an offer on one of those over-priced houses out there on the market. We might get lucky and find a REALLY motivated seller!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Buyers Market in Jacksonville!

...NAR lowers expectations for home sales, prices
Forecast calls for 1.3% drop in median existing-home prices
Wednesday, June 06, 2007Inman News

The National Association of Realtors again lowered its forecast for 2007 existing-home sales today, following a downward adjustment last month, and also lowered expectations for home prices.
Existing-home sales are expected to fall 4.6 percent this year to 6.18 million, compared with 6.48 million in 2006, with new single-family home sales dropping 18.2 percent and housing starts dropping 20.4 percent. Housing starts for single-family units are expected to decline 23 percent this year compared to 2006. From Inman News

This news really surprises me! After attending class at NEFAR for the past 2 days, I was hearing all kinds of optimism from other agents. I think if you're representing buyers, you are loving this market! For those of us that also have listings, it's not all that fun....

To be continued...