The Fed Raised Interest Rates Today And What That Means To You

Dated: 12/16/2015

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The Federal Reserve unanimously voted to increase interest rates today. The decision will nudge the central bank's benchmark interest rate up from near zero by a quarter of one percent to a range of 0.25 to 0.5 percent.  Not much, but enough to raise mortgage interest rates. I will keep you abreast of how that affects the mortgage market as it happens. In the meantime, know you will now be paying a scooch more for the same house that you buy tomorrow.

To put things in perspective, I bought my first house in 1978. The interest rate was 21 percent--that is not a typo--and that was because I had good credit! 

The Fed's actions today provide one  a good reason to getting serious about buying if that's in your 2016 future. I'm predicting the only way rates will go for awhile is up.

Remember, you need to be pre-approved by a lender before you can shop for anything. In today's Las Vegas market, few if any sellers will consider an offer without a pre-approval letter from your lender.

I am always here to help.

((hugs)) Beth Ellyn

The La Vegas Real Estate Concierge

Managing State Broker, Nevada

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Beth Ellyn Rosenthal

I like to be a pioneer.I I am the founding state broker for Nevada for eXp. I am agent 61 out of over 15,000 now. I was in the first class of women to graduate from Yale. I've had my real estate licen....

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