After a slow Novemeber, December and the first weeks of January have been skipping right along with many buyers hoping off the fence with renewed enthusiasm. This could be due to economic recovery and great interest rates. Interest rates continue to be breaking record lows– and they still aren’t jumping. According to RISMedia, The average for the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been below 4.00 percent for six consecutive weeks. The economy seems to be on the mend: Consumer confidence continues to rise, unemployment claims continue to fall, and Fourth-quarter GDP growth is looking to be in the 3% to 4% range.