Housing News ending week of October 12, 2018 (source: Markets in a Minute)
Today buyers are really paying attention to the flooring in homes. You would not believe how many buyers want to rip out all the carpet (even if it is nicer carpet). I had one buyer who was able to replace all the flooring in their home and it looked amazing. But not all buyers can afford this, especially first time home buyers.
So I was searching around and found some great options if you have vinyl or linoleum or even a beat up floor that needs refinished but really is at the ends of its life. There may be this fabulous estate but very dated, you want it but don’t have the money to change out (right now) that old vinyl that is in great shape but from the 70’s or 80’s. Why not try paint? It sounds crazy but check out this article, I came across.
There are so many great reasons to buy a home now. Mortgage rates were at a historic low already this year and are still great. There is also the first-time home buyer credit and a large amount of inventory. With all the incentives, you won’t want to pass this point in time without buying that home.
Check out a recent news statement on the mortgage market:
“Share Loan Apps Rise as Rates Dip Below 5 Percent
Average mortgage rates dipped below 5 percent last week, driving mortgage application volume up 11.3 percent to 723.4 from 649.7 the previous week on an adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey.
On an unadjusted basis, the index increased 11.6 percent compared with the previous week and was up 5.7 percent compared with the same week a year ago.
The increase was reflected in the government purchase index (mostly FHA), which rose 10.4 percent. The overall purchase index was up 7.1 percent. The refinance share increased to 67.9 percent, up slightly from the previous week when it was at 66.9 percent.
Mortgage rates were down to the second-lowest rate in the history of the survey, with the record low being 4.89 percent for the week ending Jan. 9, 2009.
30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.96 percent from 5.14 percent
15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.54 percent from 4.73 percent
1-year ARMs increased to 6.21 percent
Source: Mortgage Bankers Association (03/11/2009)”
Quoted from: Realtor Magazine at Realtor.org