Mortgage Rates Continue to Head North

June 7, 2007 by Lucas Lechuga

Existing home inventories are up, foreclosure rates are rising and mortgage rates continue their ascent – talk about bad medicine for the current lackluster real estate market! CNN.com reports that 30-year fixed rates have jumped to 6.53%, their highest level in 10 months. While rates, a year ago, were slightly less than they are now, the state of the real estate market was in much better condition 12 months ago. An increase in rates now only amplifies the problems that exist.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) expects 30-year rates to hit 7 percent by year’s end. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the National Association of Realtor don’t foresee a recovery until the beginning of 2008. This foreseen recovery has been pushed back a number of times, and at one point early this year a slight increase in home prices for 2007 was predicted. In real estate markets, such as Miami, I expect this recovery timetable to continue to be pushed back until early 2009. The number of new units coming to market actually increases next year and doesn’t drop off until the following year. There’s no denying that the South Florida real estate¬†market is a safe long-term bet as it will become one of the top retirement destinations for the millions of Baby Boomers set to retire in the next ten years, but demand has to catch up with supply. That will take some time.

Those people holding preconstruction contracts will soon seek financing to close on their condo units. For those that are questioning whether to walk away from their deposit or to close on their condo unit, the ever increasing rates will make their decision a little easier.

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