Mortgage Rates Fall to Yet Another New Record – a Low of 3.66 percent

Mortgage Rates Fall to Yet Another New Record – a Low of 3.66 percent

Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to a record low of 3.66 percent (down from 3.71 percent the previous week) for the seventh time in eight weeks. The rate on the 30-year loan has been below 4 percent since December.

The average rate on the 15-year mortgage dropped from 2.98 percent the previous week to 2.95 percent, which is just above the record 2.94 percent reached two weeks ago.

These low rates make it an excellent time to buy or refinance for those who are able. Check out our Homeownership Simplified section a for information & tips on buying a house in Washington State as well as our handy calculators to figure out potential mortgages, closing costs, and more!

Downtown Seattle condos are finally filling up

Downtown Seattle condos are finally filling up

The past few years haven’t been good ones for condo developers in and around downtown Seattle…

Now, however, the market finally seems to be bouncing back. Here’s some of the most compelling evidence:

Early this year the biggest downtown project, Escala, began raising prices a hair on some units. And it did so quietly, without the splashy advance announcement developers sometimes make just to scare up business…

Market analysts agree the balance between condo supply and demand has shifted recently — if only because most of the supply, at long last, is gone.

Read Full Story on The Seattle Times…

Builder confidence ticks up to 5-year high

Builder confidence ticks up to 5-year high

Confidence among U.S. builders ticked up this month to a five-year high, an indication that the housing market is slowly improving.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in June to 29, the highest reading since May 2007. It increased from a reading of 28 last month, which was revised down one point from its initial figure.

The index, which was released Monday, has risen in seven of the past nine months, suggesting builders are starting to see the seeds of a recovery taking shape after years of stagnation.

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House prices stay on rise in King and Snohomish counties

House prices stay on rise in King and Snohomish counties

House prices rose in May in King County for the second consecutive month, prompting market-watchers to employ with greater certainty some words you may not have heard in a good long while:

Rebound. Stabilization. A seller’s market.

The median price of single-family homes sold last month was $362,000, up 0.6 percent from April and a more impressive 4.9 percent from May 2011, according to statistics released Monday by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

The year-over-year increase was the biggest since prices peaked in 2007 — and there have been few months since then with any increase at all.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

Unfamiliar feeling for housing: optimism

Unfamiliar feeling for housing: optimism

The small businesses that drive the housing market are reporting signs that the industry may be experiencing a real comeback.

At the beginning of the spring selling season, real-estate agents and homebuilders were optimistic about the growing number of prospective buyers showing up at open houses and calling to inquire about listings. Now, it appears that interest has translated into sales.

Read Full Story on The Seattle Times…