October 2008 Market Update Presented By: Jason Engle

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Presented by: Jason Engle

 

National Market Trends Update

The National Association of REALTORS reported in late September that recent sales for existing homes declined slightly, to an estimated annual volume of 4.91 million units for 2008. Recent tightening in mortgage lending has created challenges for some of today's home buyers. According to Freddie Mac, the thirty year fixed rate mortgage hovered around 6.5 percent during the month of August, up slightly from the month before.

Officials are hoping that recent actions taken by the Federal government will create stability in the housing market. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS, says, "With higher loan limits and a beefing up of the FHA program, all the mechanisms have been falling into place to increase mortgage availability."

Average (Mean) Sales Price of Existing Homes by Region

Date 

U.S.

Northeast

Midwest

South

West

2006

268,200

299,700

205,300

230,000

371,300

2007

266,000

307,100

200,500

225,600

365,900

           

05/08

252,600

309,100

190,700

219,000

326,700

06/08

257,900

298,700

201,900

230,500

328,500

07/08

253,300

307,100

196,900

221,100

322,400

08/08

245,400

300,600

196,400

220,400

294,500

Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS®

Many experts are predicting an upturn in market confidence once congress agrees on a plan to deal recent challenges in the financial markets.

 

Good News for Veterans

On September 11, the House of Representatives passed the Veterans Construction and Extension Act of 2008, which helps Veterans achieve their dreams of home ownership. The legislation provides assistance for veterans who need to refinance their Sub prime or adjustable rate loans into a safer, more affordable loan backed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill has been passed on to the Senate for finalization. If you're in the market for a home, contact us for information on FHA, VA, and other mortgage programs that might be right for you.

For Sale: $284,900
 
 
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