Surprise, Surprise, it's an election year and all those politicians want to get reelected! Seems the Fed may be under some pressure to let up a bit on the money squeeze. For real estate some easing would be nice. I'd like to see rates come down a point or so. I wouldn't expect to see the all time lows again anytime soon, but just a nice gentle 6% would add tens of thousands of buyers to the pool and help real estate start moving again.
Inventory levels continue to creep up and we are still at a very healthy 3.2 months supply. But we don't have enough buyers to keep things moving. We have a lot of potential sellers sitting on loans at 4-5% and if rates get back down to 6% many of those sellers may consider selling. I have been on about how so many sellers are literally parked in their ultra low mortgages in the 2-3% range. They aren't likely to be swayed at 6% but the thousands sitting in those 4-5% loans just might.
I'm looking forward to a nice near neutral market this spring.