Fed to Cease Bond Purchases; Where Will This Take Interest Rates


Interest Rates Increase Slightly Back Above 4%

With the spring buying season underway and a severe lack of qualify inventory there are plenty of buyers out there wanting to act. The fence sitters are off the fence as each time a new single family home hits the market that matches the needs of one of my clients off we try to go within hours to ensure we can act quickly. And each time we run in to other agents and their clients also scrambling to get an offer submitted in time. If the house is in good shape and well priced it is gone. Interest rates crept up last week after dipping below 4% once again the previous week. Interest rates while higher are still very attractive on a historical basis and if anything upward pressure will add to the buying frenzy.

As of this morning, the average overnight rate for a fixed 30-year mortgage as reported by Bankrate.com is at 4.01% up 4 basis points from where we stood one week ago today. The benchmark 15 year fixed rate is at 3.23% up 2 basis points from last weeks level while the benchmark 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage increased slightly to 2.87% from 2.86%.

While this move can hardly be described as significant the signals out of the Fed this week certainly were. The signal to investors is that they will not continue to buy more US bonds to provide further stimulus to the economy. Minutes from the last Federal Open Committee Meeting were released and it appears many members seem ready to let the US economy stand on it’s own two legs. Their massive purchases of our own bonds have certainly kept rates artificially low and these rates appear to be a big reason why real estate has been so strong. While I think rates could move a bit higher, and this will probably prod more buyers to act, anything north of 4.5% could be devastating to sales.

So another interesting juncture and again the time to lock in rates on a 30 year fixed mortgage under 4% may never be back again. But from a historical perspective money is still cheap, cheap, cheap. They have been fairly stable around the 4% for a long time and that stability may not hold true if the Fed actually does put a stop to their bond purchases.

Prices remain low, rates remain low and it is a great time to act but can you find that perfect home…………

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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…..by 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 tom@paradisesharks.com. You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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