Friday, April 25, 2008

The Institute for Economic Competitiveness, University of Central Florida predicts that in 2008, there will be sales and rentals of over 150,000 properties. They also predict 175,000 new jobs will be available, strongly outperforming the national averages. Significant numbers of the 80-MM domestic and national visitors will consider buying second homes. Favorable exchange rates between the dollar and pound make homes in Florida cheaper than anywhere in Europe and are attracting particularly British purchasers. The Conference Board’s “Index of Leading Indicators,” reports that positive growth is indicated underway in the 2nd half of 2008 or sooner. Doing in depth broad surveys of industry data, this report is taken as “the gold standard” for all forward indicators for the US economy. The National Bureau of Economic Research reports that US industrial production showed an upwards turn in March. The Mortgage Bankers Association of America reports from their national survey that applications for mortgages for houses were up by 2.1%; FHA loan applications up by 3.5%. The federal government reports that nationwide, prices of homes stopped slipping in January and February, increasing by 6/10ths of 1% (better up than down, ehh?). The Federal Reserve is predicted to lower the short term rates next week by another quarter percent. Interest rates remain low for 30-year fixed mortgages. Plans were announced by Freddie Mac to pump $15-BB+ into the jumbo conforming loan market especially for high cost areas needing stimulus NOW. Nevertheless a lot of home inventory remains before seeing a true end to the down cycle and some consumers have a lack of confidence in today’s prices, thinking they may go farther down. THIS MIGHT BE THE “LOW” IN THE MARKET… PERHAPS LOW ENOUGH TO MAKE THIS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO BUY. ARE YOU READY?

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