There are more signs of improvement in the real estate markets around the country.
Nationally, sales were up by 2% in May with the Midwest reporting a 5.5% increase and 6% in the Northeast. Condo sales also jumped up by 6% nationwide. Even some of the hardest hit markets showed increases including Sacramento, CA, Sarasota, FL and battle Creek, MI.
Mortgage rates took a welcomed dip recently reversing the upticks over the previous weeks. Thirty years fixed rate loans are back under 6.4% and fifteen year rates are under 6%.
It’s going to take more than lower interest rates and increased sales to help the housing market recover, but they are positive signs in the right direction. Along with increased prices in the hardest hit markets we should begin to see the beginning of a recovery.