Interest Rates are a Girl’s Best Friend

30 Year Fixed Interest Rates Stay Below 4% for 4th Record Week

A very Happy New Year to everyone and may 2012 be a year full of blessings in your life. The old saying goes a diamond is a girls best friend but if that girl is out shopping for a new home or planning on refinancing her current home I do believe these low rates are actually a better friend. As we start off a new year with fewer homes to choose from and the prospect of higher prices better than we have seen in 6 years the current interest rate environment is a sure winner.

While we are still about a week away from finalizing our recap of 2011 and taking a detailed look at the year ahead I can tell you that one thing we are projecting is an increase in interest rates although we are still hopeful that these increases will not be anything dramatic.

As of yesterday morning, the average overnight rate for a fixed 30-year mortgage as reported by was at 3.95% up 1 basis point from where we stood one week ago. The benchmark 15 year fixed rate standard was at 3.28% unchanged from last weeks level while the benchmark 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage bucked the trend and jumped 5 basis points to 2.89% from 2.84%. Very minor movement to the upside for the 2nd straight week but the fact that we held below 4% for 4 straight weeks is certainly significant. The real estate market in south Florida has not had a better starting position on January 1st for 6 years so this is a year to watch closely, very closely.

You will find it very easy to reach me at 561 308-0175 or via e-mail at if there is anything that I can do to assist you with real estate questions that you may have. We are committed to bringing only the highest level of service to you, your family, friends and colleagues so if we can be of service in any way please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.


Tom Priester e-PRO
“Results Driven Real Estate”

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175


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Tom Priester

After spending years among the top individual performers at one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Tom Priester knew there was another way to do real estate. A better way. Real estate services focused on the customer. Like the old days when the customer truly was #1. He tired of listening to why he should be going out to have his customers sign one sided buyers’ brokerage agreements. He tired of hearing how he should be selling customers why paying higher commissions, like 7% and 8%, was to their benefit. He tired of hearing how he should sell his clients on why they should be paying hundreds of dollars in additional “transaction fees”. The business had slid way too far from being focused on the customer. His customer. So he decided the time was right to be different… design. To start his own unique boutique real estate firm truly focused on his customers. They will now have access to a process focused on them. Only the best marketing techniques to sell their homes. No cutting corners. Commission structures based on his clients needs not his. Paradise Sharks was born out of Tom’s passion to return this business to the customer. Where it belongs. If you want a real estate experience that benefits you, just give Tom a call at 561 308-0175 or send him an e-mail at You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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