Housing and Economic Research

Original research and analysis on housing trends, the economy and the mortgage market

  • Housing to Remain Strong Heading into the Fall

    Though mortgage rates jumped in September, they remain down from where they were a year ago. The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.64% for the week ending September 26th, down 1.08 percentage points from a year earlier. More

  • Low Mortgage Rates, Strong Labor Market Fueling Housing Market

    The recent decline in mortgage rates stem from the on-going global trade disputes and weakening global economy, which have led to a drop in long term interest rates in most countries. Despite the negative impacts of trade and the deteriorating global economy, the domestic U.S. economy continues to grow and the three-year low in mortgage rates has poised housing to reaccelerate. More

  • Housing Market Sees Increased Momentum Due to Low Mortgage Rates

    During the last week of May, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped below 4.0% and has remained there amid concerns over trade disputes, a possible economic slowdown, and market anticipation of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut. More

  • New Survey Reveals Affordability Challenges for Renters and Homeowners

    A new Freddie Mac survey of renters and homeowners shows that affordability issues continue to have profound impacts on homeowners and renters — with more than half of Americans making spending or housing changes to afford their monthly housing payment. More

  • Housing Market Expected to Realize the Positive Impacts of Low Mortgage Rates in 2019

    Concern about future world economic growth and uncertainty around trade and monetary policy have put downward pressure on interest rates. As of the first week of June, the U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.82%, the lowest since September of 2017. More


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