Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Good News St. Louis Real Estate is Alive and Breathing

Regardless of what the news stattions say, St. Louis Real Estate is not dead nor is it dying.
Positve Quotes about Real Estate
From the National Association of Realtors
Some improvement is projected for existing-home sales in the months ahead, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in June, rose 5.3 percent to 89.0.
"The rise in pending home sales was broad-based with all four regions showing gains. This is welcome news because a rise in contract activity is necessary for an overall housing recovery."
Most Americans Not Likely to Experience Significant Decline in Home Values
From Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
Only four states -- Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada -- have had declines of more than 4 percent in home prices over the past year, according to the house price index of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. Our analysis reveals, unsurprisingly, that foreclosures and home prices have negative effects on each other over time, but this does not imply a vicious cycle of collapsing prices. Our models predict that as foreclosures continue to climb in many states, house prices will remain flat or decline in those states -- but will not collapse.
The Housing Act
Aims to provide relief to homeowners, incentives to buyers, guidance to lenders and oversight to vital government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Some of the bill's provisions include:
Foreclosure avoidance: Will help an estimated 400,000 homeowners avoid foreclosure by refinancing into 30-year fixed-rate loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Aid for buyers: First-time home buyers who purchase a primary residence between April 9, 2008, and July 1, 2009, will be eligible for a tax credit of $7,500 or 10% of the purchase price, whichever is less. Home buyers who claim the credit will be required to pay it back in equal installments over 15 years, starting in the second year after the home is purchased.
Loan limit: Federal Housing Administration's loan limit is raised in high-cost areas from 95% to 115% of area median home price, up to $625,500.
Neighborhood help: Provides $4 billion in grants for buying and renovatingforeclosed properties in hardest-hit areas.
Mortgage Applications Up 2.8% over Previous Week
From The Mortgage Bankers Association
The volume of mortgage applications filed last week rose slightly, increasing a seasonally adjusted 2.8% compared with the week before, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. Applications for mortgages to refinance existing home loans rose 4.4% on a week-to-week basis, while mortgage applications for the purchase of a home increased a seasonally adjusted 1.8%
Based on these facts the St. Louis Real Estate market is alive and well. If you are considering a move to the St. Louis Area in the near future contact The Helderle Team

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