Friday, February 19, 2010

Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows

Great news for those wish to buy a home or sell your real estate in Tampa, Florida! Mortgage rates are hovering at near record lows. Freddie Mac performed a Primary Mortgage Market Survey® and the results show that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.93 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 4.33 percent, and the 1-year Treasury –indexed adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.23 percent. What does that mean in the big scheme of things for the real estate market? It means buyers have the ability to obtain financing at near historically low rates. It is also good news for sellers as buyers have more reasons to get off the fence and purchase that home they have been dreaming of but thought they could not afford. It’s a win-win for buyers and sellers. We have heard for months that the time to buy is now! It could also mean the time to list or sell your home is also now. Buyers are abundant.

RealtyTimes® article Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows adds “The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that existing home sales rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia between the third and fourth quarters of 2009; 32 states experienced double-digit growth. In addition, 67 metropolitan areas saw positive annual house price growth in the fourth quarter, more than double that in the third quarter, according to the NAR.”

Record low mortgage rates, positive house price growth, and first-time home buyer and move-up/repeat home buyer tax credits combined make this a unique time in the real estate market. Opportunities exist for everyone to benefit in Tampa, Florida and around the country. Call your real estate professional and find out how you can make the most of these extraordinary opportunities.