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The Question of "When is a good time to buy real estate?" Uncle Sam lowered rates = (residential home loan interest rate will remain low through 2012 and 2013). 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are less than 5 percent, yes less than five percent. During November, 2011, 30 year home loan interest rates dipped below four percent, these are unheard of rates. It's almost like free money, not to mention if you equate current low home prices or short sale opportunities.
Everyone wants the real estate market to get better: Real estate agents are selling less homes than they once were, taking a huge decrease in take home pay. Builders are selling about one-tenth as many homes as they were selling in 2005. Appraisers have recently taken blame for the housing crisis, for either over-appraising residential property or under-appraising homes. Consumer markets are also waiting impatiently for a rebound of their local real estate markets.
3Q 2011 Westchester Putnam Home Real Estate Sales
The Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors, Inc. reports that the Westchester-Putnam real estate market enjoyed a welcome uptick in sales volume in the third quarter of 2011.
Real estate firms participating in the Empire Access Multiple Listing Service reported a total of 1,944 closed transactions in Westchester in July through September, an increase of 148 transactions or 8% from the same period last year. Among the various property types in Westchester County, co-op sales posted the largest percentage increase, 18%. The 160 Putnam County transactions constituted a 13% increase. These Westchester and Putnam County closings largely resulted from market activity during the late spring and early summer months.
Home Loan Interest Rates have never been cheaper, with the 30-year rate falling below 4% for the first time in history.
Stats on U.S. Home Ownership 2011 - The percentage of Americans homes owners have seen its biggest decline since the Great Depression, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.