Last week, mortgage rates fell to historic lows after a slight uptick the previous week. The average mortgage rate on a 30-year loan fell to 3.54% for the week ending March 21st, after reaching a year-high 3.63% the week before. According to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, 3.63% was the highest rate since August 2012. Rates have also dropped considerably from one year ago, when a 30-year fixed-rate was 4.08%. The average mortgage rate on fifteen-year loans fell to 2.72% last week, after reaching 2.79% the week before.
As a result of these record low mortgage rates, home sales have modestly boosted. The National Association of Realtors reported that in February, existing home sales reached a 3-year high, running at a 4.98 million annual rate. These historic low rates and increasing home sales are good indicators of economic growth. However, a forecast issued last month by mortgage giant Fannie Mae, estimated that 30-year fixed-rates would exceed 4 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 and would average 4.4% by 2014. If you are planning on purchasing a home, it is better to buy now when you can take full advantage of these historic low interest rates.
Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.