This week our listings saw an average of 2.7 showings each continuing the slowly increasing traffic pattern. The federal reserve dropped its key rate for the second week in a row which makes for a 1.25% drop in just two weeks. This puts the Prime Rate at 6.0% which is 2.25% lower than the 8.25% rate at this time last year. The average 30 year fixed rate for January 2008 was 5.76 which is the lowest we’ve seen since 2005. These interest rate drops are sure to boost buying, particularly in our local market which hasn’t been negatively affected nearly as much as other markets. In fact, when you combine these low interest rates with the drop in both new and existing home sales, you get the perfect buying opportunity. That may not have an immediate impact on sellers, but surely it will ultimately bring more offers & contracts as buyers get off the fence.
Last week I read a very interesting article on the economy in the Wall Street Joural, by Brian Wesbury, The Economy is Fine (Really). Finally, someone has put a realistic perspective on the economy we are currently experiencing. Guess what? Its really not as bad as everyone is making it out to be. Of course there is such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy.