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This Month in Real Estate Video – June 2012

June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This edition’s top story concerns the most common repairs homeowners make before putting a house on the market. For the full story and more, click the “Play” button below.

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May’s This Month in Real Estate Report

May 2012

May’s “This Month in Real Estate” report can be accessed by clicking here. Check back over the next few days for June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video, which will feature the latest real estate news and updates directly from KWRI.

Here is a snippet of the report:

The housing market and the overall economy are improving at modest rates nationally, and in some areas they have actually gained momentum. The Conference Board’s CEO confidence index is up a notable 14 points—from 49 last quarter to a current reading of 63. A reading of 50 is the threshold above which indicates an optimistic outlook and below indicates pessimism. Rapidly growing optimism is a good sign for future hiring and growth.

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Blogging to Return

Over the next few months, you can expect to see more regular updates here on our blog page. Please remember to check back for real estate news, updates, and information. As always, for all of your real estate needs, make sure to contact us!

We’re back!

Mortgage Rates Reach 2011 Low

According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage – a popular choice among buyers – dropped for the fourth consecutive week to 4.63 percent. This is the lowest the 30-year rate has been this year.

These falling rates have resulted in an increased number of mortgage applications being filed. The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that applications have increased 8.2 percent this week compared to the prior week.

With mortgage rates hitting a yearly low, now is a fantastic time to purchase a home! Contact one of our agents for more information.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

Report: Mortgage Rates on the Rise This Week

According to REALTOR® Magazine, mortgage rates are once again on the rise for the fourth consecutive week. Still, despite the slow increase, rates remain just below 5 percent, equaling affordability for buyers.

Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, also noted that consumer purchases rose for the ninth straight month, indicating a potentially positive upswing for the economic recovery.

Below are the most current mortgage rates for the week:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.91 percent, up from last week’s 4.87 percent. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 5.07 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.13 percent, up from last week’s 4.10 percent average. Last year, 15-year rates averaged 4.40 percent at this time.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage: averaged 3.78 percent, an increase from last week’s 3.72 percent average.

For more information on the real estate market, contact us today!

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

Rise in February Pending Home Sales

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, pending home sales increased in February with notable regional variations.

The numbers are based off of the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator.

February hit 90.8 percent, up from 88.9 in January.

Although this month-to-month trend is promising, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said that it is more important to look at the broader trend for housing recovery.

“Month-to-month movements can be instructive, but in this uneven recovery it’s important to look at the longer term performance. Pending home sales have trended up very nicely since bottoming out last June, even with periodic monthly declines.”

– Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist

Yun also said we may not see notable gains in existing home sales in the near-term. However, numbers are expected to rise 5 to 10 percent this year with the economic recovery, job creation, and excellent affordability rasing buyer confidence.

Interested in buying or selling your home? Contact us today for more information!

SourceREALTOR® Magazine | Full Story

Winter Months Offer a Great Time To Buy or Sell

Although it is not the busiest time of year for the real estate market, winter can be a great time to buy or sell a home. This is due in large part to the market shrinking during the cold, snowy months.

With fewer buyers and sellers actively seeking to move real estate, winter offers a much less competitive landscape, resulting in more flexible sellers and better deals available for buyers.

The obstacles associated with winter, including a decreased curb appeal, slippery sidewalks, and an overabundance of snow are still present; however, when buyers make their way out to a showing in spite of these obstacles, you can be sure they are serious about purchasing a home.

For more information about buying or selling a home, please contact us.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

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