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Upticks in mortgage interest have been occurring, even though it seems they are at a slow pace. Procrastinators may find it costs them more money to obtain financing on a home purchase, if they are waiting for the bottom in the housing market. There are signs stabilization is occurring in home prices and sales. Freddie Mac just recently announced 30-year mortgage rates nudged up to 4%, from 3.99%, in mid-November. From a rate of 3.94%, just six weeks ago, indications are that NOW is the best time to purchase a home in Tampa.
Just consider the fact that a small percentage can mean lots of money, over the term of a 30-year mortgage. While there are plenty of Tampa homes with affordable or discounted prices, higher-priced financing could wipe out the savings. The Florida housing market has seen increases in sales and median sales prices, in certain markets. Tampa homes are among them.
The estimates by Freddie Mac are calculated using averages charged by mortgage lenders, all over the country. It’s possible to locate cheaper mortgage interest rates, if you use the services of real estate professionals, such as a Tampa Realtor. Since they are the most up-to-date on the lowest interest loans, cheapest home insurance and discounted houses on the market, this makes them a logical choice, for the smartest home buyers. You may save thousands of dollars and their services cost a home buyer NOTHING!
Origination fee averages haven’t changed on 30-year and 15-year mortgages, remaining at 0.7%. These are additional fees to be considered and there may be other percentages to add, if you hope to get the lower interest mortgages. In these averages, the additional fees or “points” aren’t included in these recent revelations. Finding the lowest interest rates and lowest origination fees affect your home’s overall cost. Realtors provide cost savings, through their knowledgeable research.
At this juncture, it’s easy to see why historically-low mortgage loans may become more difficult to locate. Anybody thinking of purchasing a home in Tampa shouldn’t wait much longer, as housing prices have stabilized and increases in mortgage interest rates are becoming more commonplace. It’s always best to “buy low and sell high”. This applies to purchasing a home and obtaining a low-cost mortgage loan to finance it.
Some of the smartest buyers have seized the best opportunities and purchased homes with the lowest-priced mortgages, seen in decades. As the Florida housing market stabilizes, foreclosure homes won’t be as easy to find. Tampa foreclosures never were as plentiful as other areas, offering highly-desirable pieces of real estate. Short sale arrangements can save money and astute home buyers are taking advantage of these discounts.
The Tampa Bay area provides the ideal location for homebuyers, since the economy and Tampa housing prices aren’t as drastically-affected as places, like Miami. Sunny climate, warm Gulf waters, discounted homes and affordable interest rates, on a 30-year mortgage, are something a Tampa real estate agent can tell you all about!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.