Well, rates finally jumped this week--up roughly a full quarter point from the prior week's record-equalling lows. However, even at 4.42% for 30 year fixed rates mortgages, we're still near all time lows, and STILL in a range where it pays to be seriously house hunting--and holiday time off be damned! Prices seem to be in a state of flux when compared to recent weeks and months. While there had been a general upward trend--slow but upward, this past week has shown somewhat of a reversal of that compared to the prior month's figures. No-one is yet certain if it is more financial uncertainty or just a reaction to the election's results from a couple of weeks ago.
From this observer's point of view, however, for buyers prices are still bargains as compared with levels of a couple of years ago and, even if they rise, they're still going to be bargains for a while. Rates also are still hovering at very low levels and should be grabbed.
For sellers, we are seeing things very much on a property by property basis. Properly priced, homes are getting offers and closing. However, sellers still dreaming of the days of 2006 and 2007 are getting a rude intro to reality when/if they persist in pricing at those levels. Not saying we'll not get back there, but for now, let's be more reasonable in our pricing goals.
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