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Huntsville Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2011

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On August 26, 2011

At least one fear was not realized amid last week’s stock market meltdown according to CNNMoney.com: the concern that mortgage rates would immediately shoot higher in response to Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored entities that are the 800-pound gorillas of the mortgage market. In fact, the initial response to Fannie and Freddie getting cut to AA+ from AAA was precisely the opposite. Mortgage rates were poised to continue declining.

Mortgage rates are set off of the interest rates on U.S. Treasury notes and bonds. Even though Standard & Poor’s pulled its AAA rating of the United States, investors still rushed into U.S. Treasury securities as a safe haven, believing more in the “full faith and credit of the United States” than in the opinion of Standard & Poor’s credit analysts. As investors snapped up Treasury notes and bonds they pushed down interest rates on those securities, which move inversely to prices.

Analysts warn the drop in interest rates may not last. If investment flows were to move back into stocks and out of bonds, interest rates on Treasury securities, and consequently mortgages, would rise. “Over the long-term, if the U.S. has to pay more in interest rates, consumer rates will likely go up,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com.

For now, lower mortgage rates may offer only limited benefits to American consumers. Banks’ lending standards have been tough recently, and consumers need the wherewithal to qualify for loans. That appears increasingly difficult as the economy continues to sputter.

Now take a look at the Huntsville’s real estate sales for July.

Madison County/Huntsville Real Estate Sales Statistics 

Huntsville and Madison County saw an decrease of 1% in sold listings in July 2011 when compared to June 2011.  The average sales price decreased by 4% to $198,448.  The average price per square foot decreased by 8% in July and the average list price decreased by 4%, while market times increased by 1 day.

Date Sold
Listings
Average
List Price
Average
Sale Price
Percent
SP/LP
Average
DOM
Average
Price Sqft
July 2011 433 $204,223 $198,448 97.16% 97 $75
June 2011 435 $211,871 $205,958 97.29% 96 $82

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Statistics are based on information for the North Alabama Association of Realtors and are deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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