I hear this question quite often. As well as "Is this the bottom of the market"? I think the better question is "Can I afford to pass up the opportunity to buy a home at 3.875% - 4.0% interest rate, fixed for 30 years?" I ran some comparisons and here it is in black and white what a typical 3 bedroom ranch style house in Dartmouth sold for in 2007 and same typical 3 bedroom ranch style house sold for in 2011. In 2007, the sold price was $317,000 and in 2011, the sold price was $229,000. A savings of $88,000 or 28%! the biggest difference was in interest rates; in December of 2007 the interest rate was 6.5% and in 2011 the interest rate was 4% (3.75% during a few days in December). By comparison the monthly payment for these two scenarios was $1903 in 2007 and $1055 in 2011. (Using 5% downpayment and not including PMI). A total savings of $848 per month. Housing is more affordable today than at almost any other time in history.