Thursday, March 26, 2009

Signs of Life

Although the temperature still says winter, it seems to be spring in Connecticut at last! The phones are ringing, people are listing their homes for sale, and buyers are out in force. It's still very hard to keep transactions together, particularly through the inspection and financing stages, but at least we are seeing contracts being written. It's more likely to see them coming in on properties that have recently come onto the market, however, and less likely to see them on properties that have been listed for months or years. Yes, it's still a buyer's market for the most part, even though there are a few neighborhoods where the supply is limited.

We are seeing mortgage requirements steadily rising. It now takes a FICO score of 720 to get a jumbo mortgage, for example, and PMI is sometimes not available unless the buyer is putting down at least 10%. These factors make me think that buyers should feel a little more urgency; after all, it's the financing costs that drive most purchase limits.

This post will be brief, because even my phone is ringing much more, and I have lots to do!