Patricia Paul Properties

Patricia Paul Properties

Commentary on Tucson Area Real Estate, Home Ownership, Rental Homes, and Life around the Tucson Community

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Most homeowners are aware that the number of short sales, foreclosures, and bank-owned properties in their neighborhoods has seriously effected the value of their homes.   These distressed properties are sold by consumers who can't afford their mortgages or the banks who have taken the properties back, and in both cases, tend to be sold way below fair market value.   Other sellers not in financial duress have had to reduce their prices if they hoped to compete.

Well, here's the good news.......  In November, there were 8% less foreclosures on a national level than there were in October.   This was actually the lowest level since February of this year.  The fewer foreclosures out there, the more stabilization and improvement we should see in home prices. 

Also, pending sales (homes under contract, but haven't yet closed) have been up for nine months in a row.   Sales activity is at its highest pace since February of 2007.

With interest rates still very low (but already heading up just a bit), it remains a good time to buy and maybe now even a good time to sell.  Today the average rate for a 30-year fixed rated mortgage was 4.94%.  Last year at this times the average was 5.19%.  Please let me know if I can help you with any of your real estate needs.

Patricia Paul, GRI *** *** (520) 548-2078

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