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Tips for Spotting a Desperate Seller
With fewer homes on the market, it is still a seller’s paradise. They can choose from a variety of offers until they find the best one. This might lead one to believe that the seller still has the advantage. However, there does seem to be a few sellers out there who are desperate to sell their property as fast as they can. When buyers come across this type of seller, the advantage suddenly shifts in their favor. Of course knowing how to find or spot this type of seller isn’t always easy.  Look for terms like, “priced to sell,” “quick close,” or “seller relocating,” to provide you with some clues as to the buyer’s state of mind. If you are looking to find a good deal or a desperate seller, start by searching for properties that have been on the market for a long time. The longer...
Monthly Mortgage Payments Versus Monthly Rent
Not so long ago, the housing market ballooned so high that monthly mortgage prices were much higher than monthly rental prices. This disparity hasn’t been seen since the early 80s. Typically, as mortgage rates rise, rent prices also rise along a normal rate of disparity. These rates allow buyers or renters to decide whether they can afford the monthly mortgage rate, or would be better off with just renting a home. Usually, the mortgage rate will be higher than the rental rate. However, after the housing market crashed, mortgage rates fell so sharply that they were actually lower than the average rental rate. With so many calamities in the housing marketing, especially the high rate of foreclosures, many potential buyers opted to pay higher rents. The scary prospect of trying to own a home, alongside the risk of foreclosure, forced people to become or stay renters. However, the...
As Feds Slow Bond Program, Mortgage Rates Jump
United States mortgage rates soared to their highest since September 2013 as real estate investors speculated the Federal Reserve’s slowdown on its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program is aimed at maintaining lower borrowing costs. Freddie Mac reports the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.46% during the first week of December, up from 4.29%, while the average 15-year rate rose to 3.47% from 3.3%. Despite near-record lows in May, mortgage rates have steadily climbed, all while the Fed continues to weigh when it should scale back its stimulus. 10-year Treasury notes yields are their highest in two months, due to lower unemployment rates. The Treasury notes are considered a benchmark for home loans. Experts agree that the Federal Reserve is likely to taper sooner, not later. With a December 17 meeting looming, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said he is optimistic about the economy's outlook. "I...