Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today's Killer Mortgage Rates Beat Tax-Credit $25,000!

Homebuyers today can potentially save several times more money in interest costs than buyers who took out a mortgage in early April and claimed an $8,000 homebuyer tax credit.  Someone taking out a $240,000 mortgage today at a 4.42% (and right now they're at 4.25%) interest rate could save $33,287 in interest costs over the life of a 30-year loan.  That's four times the $8,000 credit used by a first-time homebuyer who financed at 5.21% in early April.  

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

July 2010 vs July 2009 MLS Housing Market Stats

July 2010 combined MLS Residential Statistics had the following interesting changes compared to July of 2009: 
  • Decrease in the Number of Closed Sales to 2,632 (down 24.5%)
  • Average Days on Market reduced 14.3% to 84 days
  • Number of Active Listings increased 13.6% to 17,983
  • Absorption Rate increased to 6.6 months (up 45.3%)
  • Average Sold Price remains strong (up 7.4% from $276,654 to $297,218) compared to July, 2009. 

Probably the most interesting thing to note about July 2010 was the number of listings that increased, thus also driving up the months of inventory('supply') drastically. Anything above 6 months of inventory is considered a buyer's market. So with the extra supply on the market, and the extremely low mortgage rates, now would be objectively speaking a great time to buy, and a bit more difficult time to sell. Although sellers who are on the market now want to sell before the winter hits. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

30-year mortgage rates hit another low: 4.44%

USA Today reported that mortgage rates sank to the lowest level in decades this week, pushed down by the Federal Reserve's move to buy up government debt to help lift the economic recovery.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for 30-year fixed loans this week was 4.44%, down from 4.49% last week. That's the lowest since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.
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The average rate on the 15-year fixed loan dropped to 3.92% from 3.95%, also the lowest on record.
Rates have fallen since spring as investors sought the safety of Treasury bonds, lowering their yield. Mortgage rates tend to track those yields.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Zillow: "Denver is the Best Market between the Coasts"

The Denver-area housing market showed the most appreciation of any major market outside of four California cities and Boston (though each of those 5 cities are much higher-priced then Denver), according to Zillow.  Denver-area homes gained an average of 2.5% in the second quarter from the same period in 2009.  Nationally, home values dropped 3.2%.  

Denver’s ranking no surprise
Denver’s relative performance to most markets, ”does not surprise me,” said Lane Hornung, president of 8Z Real Estate and an owner of “Especially when you take out San Francisco, San Diego and Boston – where  home prices have been fallen so much more, so now that they have started to recover, their increases are amplified so much more, Denver really is one of the better performing cities relative to other places in the country. Denver is starting to show nice, steady appreciation, without the huge amount of ups and downs as some other places.”