It’s a fantastic time to be a buyer. Let’s see, where do we start… lowered values, soft prices, a buyer’s market, super low rates, and some incredible deals. Wall Street Journal’s Brett Arends recently spelled out “10 Reasons To Buy a Home” in today’s market. Check out this compelling article on my Casa Fiore Facebook Page—or email me and I’ll send it out to you!
Super Low Rates vs. Lower Prices. Wait for prices to potentially drop a notch or grab today’s unprecedented rates (4.3% at time of publishing)? As Arends points out, “These are the lowest rates on record. As recently as two years ago they were about 6.3%. That drop slashes your monthly payment by a fifth.” In concrete terms, a $600K mortgage that once would equal $3,150/month now equals $2,580—a $570/month savings.
Values Up, Inventory Up, Pending Sales Down. Since late spring, this is the trend we have been seeing. Many will point to the April 30 deadline for the federal tax credit, and it appears that the credit may have contributed to knocking some future demand off the fence. However, we have also seen some of our best year-over-year appreciation in a long time, something worth celebrating. (Year-over-year statistics represent Seattle neighborhoods. Source: NWMLS)