If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, now may be the time to move on it. Rising home prices are being offset by home loan rates that remain near historic lows. Home Prices on the Up and Up Home prices rose by 6.8 percent from February 2015 to February 2016.. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, said this trend will continue, and will support a 5.2 percent home price increase 2016. Loan Rates Hovered Near Historic Lows in April While home prices continue to rise throughout much of the country, homebuyers are benefitting from attractive home loan rates. In fact, monthly payments have been tempered by home loan rates hovering near historic lows. Strong job growth in the first part of this year signals continued improvement in our economy. If other economic indicators gain traction and also show improvement, investors could move their money from Bonds and into Stocks, to take advantage of gains. This could cause home loan rates to increase. Finding the Home of Your Dreams As the spring buying season continues to heat up; more families are rushing to cash in on historically low home loan rates. That means finding the right property—and landing it—may be a mad dash for limited inventory. March Existing Home Sales jumped 5.1 percent from February