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February 14th, 2011

The Hidden Cost of Fence Sitting with Lincoln Park Real Estate

I was talking with a perspective buyer the other day. They were doing all the right things; lease ending in 6 months so begin the home search process online, find a Realtor (me), talk with a lender and determine affordability. Then…decision time…they decided to wait another year. Not necessarily a bad choice. Everyone has different needs & tolerances for the idiosyncrasies of this economy. However what I think many fail to consider is the cost of waiting to buy. While this approach has rewarded those that held off the past 2 years in the form of lower prices and lower interest rates, rates are rising and according to the many economic experts, prices are stabilizing. In fact, in Lincoln Park, some individual home prices seem to be up slightly. When comparing the overall condo sales prices for the year to date in 2011 vs the 4th quarter of 2010, the average closed price is up 5.3%!

So here’s our dilemma…Even if prices fall another 10% this year, the cost of a home will increase if interest rates go up more than 1%. And if prices remain constant and rates go up… well…buyers should not worry where prices are going, they should be concerned where their costs will be later in the year (courtesy of the kcm blog).

While none of us have a crystal ball, the option of buying now is definitely worth considering. Indications are that interest rates are on the rise but no one knows just how much they will go up. Where are you in this paradigm?

February 7th, 2011

“Suite” Opportunity in Lakeview Real Estate

A lot of my real estate sales are in Lincoln Park, one of the 77 Chicago community areas. When a great opportunity comes along in any of the other 76 communities, I’m delighted to work with them.

I have recently listed a wonderful 2 bedroom condo on Ashland Avenue that is a surprisingly good value…it has a wide footprint, is only 8 years new and is conveniently located to Whole Foods, X-Sport Gym, the Southport Corridor and the Brown Line. You should check this video out for yourself. In the past 10 days, this particular home has been emailed to perspective buyers 249 times, and that’s just tracking the MLS! Imagine the numbers when you take into account the multitude of home search sites that are out there!

In the past week  ~68 new condos came on the market in Lakeview. While this may sound like a large number, the boundaries of Lakeview are fairly broad; from Diversey on the south to Irving park on the north and the lake to roughly Lincoln on the west. In that area, 21 condos have gone under contract + an additional 13 have closed…that’s pretty good movement!

If this condo doesn’t suite your needs, you can search the entire Chicagoland MLS and find your ideal new home. And, if you are relocating here and your company is offering you relocation benefits as a part of your move, be sure to let me know. Since my company and I cooperate and participate with all of the relocation companies, I want to make sure you take advantage of whatever benefits your employer is offering you.

February 7th, 2011

Rates likely to continue upward trend in the week ahead

Are you currently in the process of buying a home or refinancing in Chicago or vicinity? Trying to decide when to lock can be a stressful and difficult decision. In my job as a mortgage lender, I watch the markets daily to keep my clients abreast of changes to assist them in securing the best mortgage rate possible. Please see my recommendations below.

If closing your Chicago mortgage in:

  • 5-7 Days: I recommend LOCKING
  • 7-15 Days: I recommend LOCKING
  • 15 + Days: I recommend LOCKING

The week ahead for economic data that can affect mortgage interest rates:

Monday

  • December Consumer Credit

Tuesday

  • $32 Billion 3-year Treasury Auction

Wednesday

  • MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications
  • $24 Billion 10-year Treasury Auction

Thursday

  • Weekly Jobless Claims
  • December Wholesale Inventories
  • $16 Billion 30-year Treasury Auction
  • January Treasury Budget

Friday

  • December Trade Balance
  • University of Michigan Mid-Month Consumer Sentiment
February 5th, 2011

Rates rise in the wake of jobs data

Are you currently in the process of buying a Lincoln Park home or refinancing your Chicago mortgage?  Trying to decide when to lock can be a stressful and difficult decision.  In my job as a mortgage lender, I watch the markets daily to keep my clients abreast of changes to assist them in securing the best mortgage rate possible.  Please see my recommendations below.

If closing your Chicago mortgage in:

  • 5-7 Days: LOCK
  • 7-15 Days: LOCK
  • 15-30 Days: LOCK
  • 30 or more days: LOCK

The week that was:

This week unfolded a bit unexpectedly.  Egypt exploded in riots and Yemen followed suit.  The accompanying jump in oil prices coupled with uncertainty that this brought to world markets should have staved off the recent upward pressure on rates, but this was not to be.  A mix of favorable earnings and positive jobs data pushed the Dow over 12,000.  The dragged pricing for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage pricing up with it.  The big day is Friday when official employment data hits the street.  This will either be a boom or bust for mortgage rates.

30 YEAR FIXED

National Average Rate: 4.81%

Fees/Points: 0.8

15 YEAR FIXED

National Average Rate: 4.08%

Fees/Points: 0.8

Source: Freddie Mac

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