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Lower Mortgage Rates in Central Pennsylvania Are Here

by Don Roth

First, as we approach Thanksgiving, I want to wish the happiest of times to you, your families and your friends. We have been through some interesting times in the last year and it appears that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Let us count our blessings and look for a brighter tomorrow.

I am sure many people saw the news that the Federal Reserve enacted a second large multibillion dollar initiative in hopes of stimulating the housing market for both buyers and sellers in this challenging market. What does that do immediately for you? Well, the initial reaction was to reduce current 30 year mortgage rates down by about .75% or a savings of $72 a month on a $150,000 mortgage or a yearly saving of $864 a year. Not a lot but better in your pocket than the lenders.

If you are considering the purchase of a home, this may be the market of opportunity for you now and for the next few months. While no one can accurately predict the bottom of a market, many will be upset that they waited too long to buy a home. If you are a current owner, you may say that your home isn't worth as much as last year and that may be true. However, if you are considering moving up the home, what you are looking for isn't worth as much as it was last year. There are many opportunities that will be available and if you are considering a move, you should begin your planning now so you are adequately prepared. Just remember the Greater Harrisburg, Carlisle and Hershey real estate markets have been one of the most stable market in the nation - put that to your advantage.

why as is? gas heat? recent taxes? central air? basement?

by Don Roth

Arthur asked the above question on Trulia Voices with reference to a home that is listed for sale AS IS in Camp Hill, PA. And my response was as follows:

Thank you for your inquiry. There are many reasons, as already stated, why a seller may not want to make the necessary repairs to a home that has been listed for sale. An additional reason may be indifference because with the market as it is right now, some sellers do not have the inclination or the "emotional attachment" to a home so they just place a home on the market and hope it sells. My recommendation is to engage a REALTOR® to represent your interests if you decide to move forward. Why? Because depending on the circumstances, you will need someone to navigate through the total process to insure that if you decide to purchase the home, you can get the appropriate loan to close on the deal, but more importantly, that you get to the closing table.

Thanks, Don.

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