Wednesday, August 11, 2010
With mortgage rates at historic lows and current high inventory, it’s a Steamboat buyer’s market, at least for now. Reports Bloomber News:
Officials directed the New York Fed’s trading desk to reinvest what economists estimate will be $15 billion to $20 billion a month in maturing agency and mortgage-backed securities back into U.S. Treasuries. The purchases will help keep Treasury yields and mortgage costs low and prevent the level of monetary stimulus from shrinking further.
So when is the turn in Steamboat? This is great news, but we still need Fannie Mae to loosen up their belt for condo lending. If a buyer has 20% down payment for a Steamboat condo, the condo is 40%-50% under the prices of 2007 and the inventory for development land remains low in comparison to many other resort areas, then the low risk should be attractive to a lender. Unfortunately, the rule-makers don’t analyze our niche market and thus we are waiting for the days of relaxed condo lending rules. When this happens and the buyer qualifies for a loan that is marketable, we should see a surge of sales. Until then, bring more cash. The FED stopped investing in Mortgage backed securities (MBS) back in April and sales declined. The FED are now investing again, so I anticipate new confidence and sales to pick up. This may not be the turn or the bottom, but if you combine this good news with relaxed lending rules, then that may just be the sign of a turn. Meanwhile, it’s a Steamboat Springs Buyer’s market - and cash is king. Call me about Steamboat Springs foreclosure real estate and current market conditions. 877-678-0884 direct or 970-846-8284 Cell.