Saturday, December 16, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
By Alex Veiga
The mortgage rate now stands at its lowest level since early August, signaling good news for prospective homebuyers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate dropped below 7% to its lowest level since early August, another boost for prospective homebuyers who have largely been held back by sharply higher borrowing costs and heightened competition for relatively few homes for sale.
The average rate on a 30-year mortgage dropped to 6.95% from 7.03% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. A year ago, the rate averaged 6.31%.
Borrowing costs on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, popular with homeowners refinancing their home loan, edged up this week, lifting the average rate to 6.38% from 6.29% last week. A year ago, it averaged 5.54%, Freddie Mac said.
The latest drop in rates is the seventh in as many weeks. Mortgage rates have been easing since late October, when they reached 7.79%, the highest level since late 2000.
The pullback ha ...
Saturday, October 14, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
It’s still a seller’s market, but its strength has declined. Buyers now have a little leeway with sellers and notably more bargaining leverage with lenders.
NEW YORK – Despite being challenged by low inventory and high mortgage rates, house-hunters have some bargaining power with lenders who have money to lend yet fewer mortgage applicants. They’re competing for a shrinking pool of homebuyers, which gives applicants a bit more leverage.
Real estate agents say today’s motivated sellers are also more open to certain buyer requests that they probably wouldn’t have entertained a couple of years ago during the pandemic-driven housing boom. Now, to prevent a sale from stalling or slipping through their fingers entirely, they’re more willing to help buyers out with closing costs or to acquiesce when buyers ask for repairs to be done as a condition of sale.
A third money-saving route for homebuyers, according to agents, is to approach sellers, buis ...
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
Not long ago, home sellers were in their heyday, as historically-low mortgage rates triggered a real estate buying frenzy. However, the Federal Reserve shut down the party when it began raising interest rates last year.1
Now, it’s not as simple to sell a home. While pandemic-era homebuyers were racing the clock—trying to lock in a low mortgage rate and gain a foothold in the market—current buyers are more discerning. Higher prices and mortgage rates have pushed their limits of affordability, leading them to prioritize cost, condition, and overall value.2
The reality is, home inventory remains low, so most properties will still sell with some basic prep, the right price, and a good real estate agent. But owners who go the extra mile are more likely to sell faster and for a higher amount.
If you have plans to sell your home and want to net the most money possible, this list is for you. Here are our top seven strategies to attract the best offers and maximize yL ...
Monday, September 4, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
If you're following the news, you might be wondering how the housing market could be impacted by a recession. Understanding historical data and trends can provide valuable insights into what might happen in such situations.
A recession is a significant and prolonged economic decline, typically characterized by two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth. It's important to note that recessions don't usually occur out of nowhere; they can often be predicted by tracking various economic indicators such as payrolls, industrial production, and retail sales, among others. The National Bureau of Economic Research plays a crucial role in identifying and defining recessions.
During a recession, the economy experiences several challenges. One of the most noticeable impacts is a rise in unemployment rates, leading to a decrease in people's disposable income. This reduction in income causes individuals to curtail their spending, which, in turn, affects businesses ...