Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Not Expected To Drop Anytime Soon Interest rates are likely to come down later this year, with the Federal Reserve on track to start cutting rates. But mortgage rates might not follow as quickly. According to an article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, that is because mortgages, and mortgage-backed bonds, just aren’t as in demand in financial markets as they […]
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Uncategorized Dog Days Of Summer See Continued Low Housing Inventory   These must be the dog days of summer with this heat.  But before you know it August will be here and kids will be going back to school.  The real estate market here never really saw the normal spring and summer rush to buy homes. Reality just seemed to step in.   Mortgage rates […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly   Mortgage rates slid down again this week, according to Freddie Mac. However, they remain higher when compared to last year. Potential homebuyers have been watching rates closely and are waiting to come off the sidelines, said Freddie Mac.  The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage this week is 6.67 percent which is down 0.02 percent from […]
Uncategorized What Does It Mean To Own A Home? 🏠🌟 June is National Homeownership Month! 🌟🏠 Owning a home brings joy, belonging, and countless benefits to your life. From stability and personalization to building equity and creating a lasting legacy, homeownership is a game-changer. Join the celebration and discover why having a place to call your own is a dream worth achieving! Here are […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Rise As Budget Drama Continues Home buyers faced higher mortgage rates this week as all eyes remain on negotiations in Washington over the nation’s debt ceiling. Economists warn of dire economic consequences if America goes into default on its debt, and that would almost definitely impact borrowing costs. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to an average of 6.57% this week, […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Reverse Course After weeks of declines, the interest rate for a 30-year mortgage reversed course, jumping to a 6.39% average this week, Freddie Mac reports. “For the first time in over a month, mortgage rates moved up due to shifting market expectations,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Home prices have stabilized somewhat, but with supply […]
Uncategorized A Staged Home Attracts Potential Buyers   Nearly half of sellers’ agents (48%) report that staging a home decreased its time on the market, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors. For both buyers’ and sellers’ agents, one if five said home staging creased the purchase price between one and five percent compared to unstated homes on […]
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Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Continue To Decrease For the fourth consecutive week, mortgage rates edged down with the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage now at 6.28 percent, Fannie Mae reported yesterday.  Economic uncertainty continues to bring mortgage rates down, its report said, noting that over the last several weeks, declining rates have brought borrowers back to the market.  But as the spring […]
Uncategorized Walnut Creek March Sales Snapshot Compared to March 2022
Uncategorized Orinda March Sales Snapshot
Uncategorized Spring Housing Market Showing Strength   The spring housing market in the Lamorinda area is looking good largely due to the continued low inventory.  Well-priced homes continue to see multiple offers. The market snapshot here shows the March 2023 sales figures for Lafayette compared to March 2022.  
Uncategorized Home Sales Surge In The US WASHINGTON (March 21, 2023) – Existing-home sales reversed a 12-month slide in February, registering the largest monthly percentage increase since July 2020, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Month-over-month sales rose in all four major U.S. regions. All regions posted year-over-year declines. Total existing-home sales,1 https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Approach 7 Percent   The average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose to 6.73 percent yesterday from 6.65 percent last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago the rate was 3.85 percent.  Despite fluctuations, mortgage rates have been trending upward, remaining nearly double what they were a year ago “Mortgage rates continue their […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Rates Heading UP The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose to 6.65 percent yesterday from 6.50 percent the week before, reported mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago the average rate was 3.76 percent.  “As we started the year, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased with expectations of lower economic growth, inflation, and a loosening monetary policy. However […]
Uncategorized Is The Housing Market On The Rise? A slight decline in mortgage rates in December and January contributed to an improvement in pending home sales for the second consecutive month. That’s according to data released this week from the National Association of Realtors. The pending index for January improved 8 percent. “Buyers responded to better affordability from falling mortgage rates,” said NAR […]
Uncategorized Snapshot of Lafayette Sales in January
Uncategorized Is The Market Crashing? The headlines can be alarming: “US Suffering From Second Biggest Home Price Correction of the Post-WWII Era”.  When you hear the experts discuss real estate, keep in mind that all markets are local.  And no. The market isn’t crashing. The market is coming down from a couple of years of fire-breathing acceleration, though.  Some call […]
Uncategorized U.S. Home Sales Continue To Decline Existing-home sales in the U.S. declined for the 10th straight month in November, the National Association of Realtors reported today. This record stretch of declines reflects the high mortgage rates and home prices that have caused many buyers to leave the market. “Today’s sales activity in November is essentially almost the same as that lockdown […]
Uncategorized Repairs To Help Sell Your House In A Cooling Market Selling a home today takes more work than it did a year ago. Back then home sellers could expect multiple bids to be rolling in once it hit the Multiple Listing Service even if the property was dated and in need of  repairs. Today with mortgage rates at 6.31 percent for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, […]