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Patricia Paul Properties

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Tag » Interest Rates Information
Feb 12, 2010
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The number of applications for home loans and refinance loans reached a six-week high as interest rates slipped slightly lower.  Many buyers expect the rates to start rising in the spring of 2010, and want to complete their purchases before then.

Also driving some of the recent mortgage activity is the extended first-time homebuyers tax credit of up to $8,000, and a move-up tax credit of up to $6,500.  In order to qualify for these credits, home purchases must be under contract by April 30, 2010.

Buying a home still makes good sense now:  Mortgage interest rates are still at historic lows, home prices have fallen between 25-30% from the highs in 2005 and 2006, depending upon the location.  There is still a good amount of inventory out there to choose from. 

If you'd like to get pre-qualified for a mortgage, please contact me for a list of reputable, ethical lenders.  If you've been thinking about purchasing a home, please contact me for a free no-obligation consultation. 

If you've even been thinking about it, now is a great time to check it out!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 31, 2009
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The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, commonly known as Freddie Mac,  expects the interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgage to continue to increase.   This week's rate is averaging 5.05, but it is expected that before the end of 2010, and most likely sooner, the rates could climb to 6%.

 The higher interest rate will mean that if you are buying a home, the monthly payment for the same loan amount will be higher, or possibly you will not qualify for quite as large a loan amount.

There is still time to buy while rates are nice and low!  Let me help you!

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Dec 28, 2009
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Home mortgage interest rates have started to inch up.   Rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 5.05%.  This is the first time since the end of October that they rose above the 5% mark.   But it is still below this year's highest point which was set in the middle of June.

It is predicted that rates will continue to rise.  Historically, periods of low interest rates are followed by swings upward.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, right now is still a very good time to do so.  In addition to still low interest rates, there is a good amount of inventory (homes) to choose from, sellers are still willing to make buyer concessions, and you may qualify for a large tax credit.

Contact me if I can help you buy or sell a home, or help you locate a good lender.   Upon your request, I will provide information about the tax credits available. 

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.longrealty.com*** (520) 548-2078


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