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Interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in a month says BobMortgage in our latest edition of The Mortgage Report. But how much change can we expect in 2017?

You may know him as Bob Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: Interest rates have hit a valley. Should you lock or float?

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. CoreLogic has come in at the head of the pack for 2016 predictions, issuing its forecast and data brief today. And while we’ve heard a bit of “doom and gloom” from Steve Brown, CoreLogic’s report says that not only will we see more home sales and more demand, but rents will continue to tick upward as well. Read the full list of predictions after the jump.

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Christmas Home Sales

Sure, spring and summer are hot seasons for Realtors, but is it better to wait for the market to simmer down a bit before buying? According to lists from Zillow and Ebby Halliday Realtors, the winter holiday season is a great time to buy your dream home.

According to the folks at Ebby Halliday Realtors, here are the top reasons to sell your home this winter:

1) The median home sales price in North Texas is up almost 13% over this time last year.

2) Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows.

3) Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.

4) There are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. With less competition, your home is likely to sell faster.

5) Typically, the supply of homes for sale increases significantly in January, meaning there may be less demand for your home after the holidays. Less demand means you’ll have to make your home more attractive to buyers, possibly through a price reduction.

6) Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.

7) Due to vacation schedules during the holidays, buyers have more time to look for a new home, specifically on weekdays.

8) Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons, and they must close before December 31 to claim a homestead exemption for their taxes.

9) January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since many transferees are not able to wait until spring to buy, your home should be on the market now to not miss out on this significant group of buyers.

10) Even if your home is listed, you’ll have the option to restrict showings on days you have holiday parties and out-of-town guests.

11) If your home sells during the holidays, your agent can arrange for a delayed closing or for extended occupancy so your holiday season won’t be spent packing.

12) By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which most likely will mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low!

And here’s what Zillow’s blog had to say about why the winter holidays make an excellent time to buy:

Less competition

Let’s start with the obvious one: less competition. This lowers the chances of multiple offers and bidding wars (something we saw a lot of last spring/summer), and should translate into a bigger discount for you. Know your market! This is where sites like Zillow come in handy. Start your research here for comps in your area and to see what homes are selling for.

Serious home sellers

Why would sellers pick such an inconvenient time — while everyone is busy entertaining family and friends and enjoying the spirit of the holidays — to list their properties? Probably because they need to sell and may feel compelled to do so before the end of the year for tax purposes. What this means for you: less hassle when it comes to negotiating; a greater willingness, on the part of the seller, to agree to concessions; less chance of the seller waffling; and greater respect for your offer, even if it’s a little lower than the seller was perhaps expecting.

Faster mortgage approval

Lenders aren’t as busy this time of year, and less volume could mean faster approval. Some lenders might even be willing to reduce fees during the off-peak season in hopes of gaining your business. Regardless, don’t just go with the first lender who comes along. It pays to shop around. Get multiple quotes and check out lender reviews on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

Greater affordability

Sure, home prices have been rising, but they’re typically lower in December than during any other month (so you don’t have to be as aggressive with your initial first offer, compared with buying during peak to high season). Zillow’s third quarter Real Estate Market Reports showed home value appreciation slowing. As we enter the slower home shopping season many overheated markets are moving away from bubble brink and ultimately becoming more affordable than they have been historically. If you want to take advantage of low interest rates, the time to act is now.

Some markets will have higher demand than others year round, but these seem like good reasons to both buy and sell outside peak market seasons. What do you think? Is the winter a better time to sell or buy?

You’d think that rising interest rates would slow the real estate market, but that’s not the case for the Dallas Area. According to Jim Gaines, an economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Dallas-area pre-owned home sales are up 20 percent year-over-year.

In a conversation with Steve Brown, Gaines had this to say:

“I keep thinking it’s going to slow down, but it hasn’t so far,” said Dr. James Gaines, an economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “Yes, the rates are higher and the builders may be feeling it a little, but really, the rates are still very good and don’t seem to be hindering sales much.

“Also, if people expect the rates to continue to increase, they’ll buy now rather than wait.”

Still, even though rates are increasing, fellow Real Estate Center economist Mark Dotzour says Texas needs builders to step up the pace when constructing new homes:

The demand for single-family homes and condos is still outstripping supply. It will take time for home builders to staff up to higher levels of production. It will also take time before there are sufficient construction loans to finance this higher level of activity. In the meantime, inventories of homes for sale are likely to remain at breathtakingly low levels. Expect higher prices in the coming months.

So, with higher prices and higher rates on the horizon, do you think the market will slow?