Market Updates

Jobs Report Math Doesn’t Add Up

The stock market was in turmoil last week trying to make sense out of the Obama Administration’s euphoria over the latest employment report. Now I’m just a mortgage broker trying to “help families live comfortably and financially secure in their own home.” but the Jobs Report Math Doesn’t Add Up.Unemployment Line Here’s is the math as I see it, just over 160,000 found jobs in July, that’s a plus; but 250,000 stopped looking for jobs; a net loss of 110,000 jobs! Plus … more people are working part-time due to lack of work or are being employed part-obamacaretime so that employers will not be forced to pay for their health insurance because of the ObamaCare laws that go into effect next year. And this is good for the economy?

The Jobs Report signals when Federal Reserve might reduce its bond-buying efforts that have kept a lid on interest rates. But when the Fed reduces it stimulus and interest rates edge up, and the pent up demand for scarce inventory pushes home prices up, there is concern that the real estate market may cool down.

Ben Bernanke says the Fed will know when the economy is back to normal once the unemployment rate goes below 6.5%. I guess that if enough Americans leave the work force or have to settle for being under-employed, we’ll be back to normal(!?)

The only math that adds up is that the policies of this Administration have been a total disaster when it comes to economic recovery.

Market Updates

Rising Home Prices and Low Interest Rates Get Buyers Off the Fence.

The median price for a single family home rose to $186,100 in the third quarter of 2012, a 7.6 percent increase over the median price of $173,000 in 2011 according to the National Association of Realtors®(NAR)

Encouraged by low mortgage interest rates, reduced inventory and rising prices, home sales in 2012 are notably higher than in the past 4 years “Of course the recovery would be stronger and more stable if we could return to safe but sensible mortgage underwriting standards,” says the NAR.  

Some of the price gain is due to a smaller share of distressed home sales in the market, but the higher prices significantly reflect a market recovery. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The inventory of quality homes on the market is shrinking. First Home Buyers and Move–Up buyers are paying closer to the asking price because there aren’t a lot of other options on the market.

The NAR expects this trend to continue into 2013. They caution that “there is a risk of price acceleration if builders are unable to increase supply to meet the needs of our growing population and households.”

Now Is the Time to BUY! Rents aren’t getting any cheaper, home prices are on the rise and mortgage rates won’t stay this low forever.

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