Executive Perspectives Blog
Mortgage interest rates are holding near historic lows and housing remains affordable across most of the U.S. For those who have their financial house in order, it's a great time to buy a home. But many potential buyers can't because they don’t qualify for a mortgage. And many aren't even attempting because they believe they could not qualify.
Deteriorating property cash flows are never in the plan for multifamily investments, especially to the extent that property income falls below expenses. Nonetheless, this unfortunate situation happens for some properties, and they go "underwater."
There's a reason multiple offers on foreclosed homes are becoming so common in so many markets. Buyer demand is colliding with shrinking supplies of foreclosed (REO) homes. During the second quarter, HomeSteps, Freddie Mac’s real estate sales unit, sold nearly two homes for every one we took in.
Freddie Mac's latest U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook concludes that the nation's economy is gradually getting back to a more normal level of activity, and therefore we expect to see housing demand and supply increasingly driven by fundamentals – in fact, we've already seen this in some markets.