Good morning and welcome to the end of the first quarter of 2012 – what a quarter it was! Sales in the local market seem to be very strong even if prices are still not moving up. I would characterize prices as bouncing along the bottom in the beach markets. It seems the fall in prices is probably over and 2012 may be the year things stabilize and we can start to see renewed growth from here. Whatever your view of the market, sales are out there – how are you doing against your 2012 goals now that we are one quarter of the way through the year? Hope you are killing it and I hope I can help you kill for the rest of the year.
I’m celebrating the end of the quarter by heading to Augusta, Georgia next week for the Masters. I’ll be traveling Monday – Friday next week, attending the Wednesday practice round and Par 3 Tournament at Augusta National. It’s my first trip to the Masters and I cannot wait to take in the scene. Of course, I’ll still be available next week if you need to get in touch and Kathleen will be in the office to take care of any mortgage needs. We also have great loan officers in our Ocean City and Salisbury offices that can handle pre-approvals for you.
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Mortgage bond prices finished the week higher helping mortgage interest rates improve. Rates were negative Monday morning but got a boost later that day as Italian Prime Minister Monti suggested that Spain may soon become the epicenter of the European debt crisis. This reignited the flight to quality buying of US debt as fears grow that Italy and Spain will need a bailout like Greece. Unfortunately for Europe, the economies of Italy and Spain are considerably larger than Greece. Rates were helped later in the week when the durable goods orders data came in weaker than expected and weekly jobless claims were higher than expected. Mortgage interest rates finished the week better by about 1/4 to 3/8 of a discount poin
For real estate professionals here's the link to my current rate sheet: <a href="http://www.box.com/s/be41ab9dfc011ed64953" title="http://www.box.net/shared/bxjyydagau http://www.box.net/shared/uks538ajcm“>Baxter Rate Sheet