Take a look back at 2013’s dynamic year in real estate. Low mortgage rates, all-cash buyers and bidding wars played a part in the housing market's recovery. In 2013 we saw the housing market recover a lot faster than we anticipated. It was a great year for seller and homeowners who saw their home values appreciate.
Housing Prices Rose Fast
The local average sale price was $191,683 in November 2012 and rose to $198,249 by November 2013 according to gaar.com.
Mortgage rates remained low with a slight increase. Fixed-rate loans were as low as 3.45 percent in December 2012 and rose to 4.49 in September 2013 according to Freddie Mac. Mortgage rates are likely to stay low and perhaps even drop between now and March 2014.