Sunday, January 24, 2016

Residential Real Estate 2015 Report for Ada County, 4th Installment

This is the 4th and final installment of the 2015 Residential Real Estate Report for Ada County, tomorrow we will look ahead at 2016. (Courtesy of the Ada County Association of Realtors.)

Mortgage Rate Increases Haven’t Deterred Buyers

After the Federal Reserve announced they would raise the interest rate at the end of last year, it caused concern that mortgage rates would soon follow. Economists were quick to remind everyone that many factors determine where mortgage rates go, in addition to the federal interest rate. Case in point, days after the interest rate increase was announced, mortgage rates moved north of 4% and then dipped back below that mark at the start of January.

However, REALTOR.com recently reported that it expects 30-year fixed rates to “end 2016 about 60 basis points higher than they are [now, and note] that level of increase is manageable, as consumers will have multiple tactics to mitigate some of that increase.”

This is especially true for buyers at lower price points. While they may see some impact to their monthly mortgage payments, it shouldn’t make purchasing a home in 2016 unaffordable or unattainable.

There were 964 pending sales in December 2015, up 35.4% compared to December 2014. This bodes well for closed sales figures in the first quarter of 2016 since the pending sales metric is an indicator of future sales, as the homes under contract will likely close within the next 30-60 days.

“The growth in pending sales shows that home buyers were not deterred by the news of a rate change,” said ACAR’s President, Carey Farmer. “I’m certainly seeing that with my own clients, as they continue to shop for homes and write offers.”

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