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Housing Headed in the Right Direction

Freddie Mac's U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January finds four of the key housing indicators moving in the right direction to begin the year.

The unemployment rate, though still high at 6.7 percent, is vastly improved and should continue its gradual path to a more consistent and historically normal level. Mortgage delinquencies have also shown great improvement, having been nearly cut in half since their peak. Finally, both affordability levels and home sales continue to trend in the right direction, with the average mortgage payment remaining very affordable in most markets – suggesting there's still room for more recovery in home prices.

Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist, said the housing recovery continues on a steady pace. According to Nothaft, home prices should rise about 5 percent this year, while home sales – along with other key indicators – will continue to trend in the right direction.

This is good news for sellers, so attention buyers: Get on out here while prices are low, interest rates are low and sellers of Taos and Angel Fire homes and land are eager to sell for a reasonable price. We know prices on homes, condos and land in Taos and Angel Fire could go up as the economy continues to improve. What are you waiting for?

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