Affordability Improvement First In Many Months

Money is an issue when deciding whether it’s a good time for you to buy a house. Your savings, income, and monthly budget will all play a role in determining what you can and can’t afford. But your personal finances aren’t the only variable dictating how much house you can buy. Current market conditions will also be a factor. Whether home prices and mortgage rates are up or down will affect how far your money will go. That’s why recent data from Black Knight Financial is encouraging for anyone considering buying a home. According to their newest Home Price Index, affordability conditions eased in July, marking the first improvement in 16 months. In short, the gains mean prospective home buyers will get more house for their money. One reason conditions have improved is declining mortgage rates. After spiking at the end of last year, interest rates have steadily declined and are now, once again, hovering just above historic lows. The other end of the affordability equation is home prices. Prices, though still rising, are increasing at a slower rate than before. In fact, Black Knight’s data shows prices up 3.9 percent from last year. For comparison, annual home price growth was at 6.75 percent in February 2018. More here.

About the Author
eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings (NASDAQ: EXPI).

Bobby is a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran and Florida native with over 17 years of combined, award-winning experience in Real Estate and Mortgage Lending in Central Florida. An eXp ICON AGENT and Certified Mentor. Formerly with RE/MAX where he was recognized as a Hall of Fame Member and a consistent Platinum Club Award Winner. Locally, a multi-year Gold-Level Award Top Producer within the Orlando Regional Realtors Association (ORRA). His consistent productivity has earned him universal recognition, named as a Top agent in numerous publications, year after year including being voted a Best of Southwest Orlando Realtor 6 years in a row!

Bobby holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License with designations as a Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI); Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR); Certified Short Sale Professional (CSP); a Florida Military Specialist (FMS) and one of the few Real Estate Collaboration Specialists – Divorce (RCS-D) in Central Florida. These advanced designations denote expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. As such, he is considered an ‘expert’ in his field with experience in court testimony.


Bobby is also a dedicated member of his community and has served on numerous local Boards of Directors. He is a youth sports coach and a Partner in Education with Orange County Schools. Thus, Bobby was voted a 2015 ORRA Good Neighbor Award recipient for his volunteerism and charitable contributions by his peers.

Bobby and his beautiful wife Halle have three very active children; Isabella, ‘Little’ Bobby and Alex. They stay busy as a family with sports, extra-curricular clubs and travel. However, they also give back as a family and donate to local rescues as well as providing their home to foster animals whenever possible.

One of Bobby’s greatest attributes is that time and again he has proven himself to be a selfless professional, treating each of his clients as if their property was the most important. He continues to work with his clients personally and does not differentiate between a $100K condo or a $1M house on a lake…anywhere in Central Florida, he gives each one the equal time, attention and respect that they deserve, as praised through the countless reviews written about him by former Buyers & Sellers!

Bobby Baldor has demonstrated the extensive experience and proven expertise in our local market to help you and your family achieve your real estate goals. But more importantly, he is a caring member of our community. Bobby’s personal slogan is ‘Your Real Estate Hero’ …and he works hard to prove it.