Housing and Economic Research

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

  • 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

  • Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Rate Survey Explained

    Research Note: Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) is the longest running weekly survey of mortgage interest rates in the United States. Since Freddie Mac launched its survey in 1971, others have begun collecting and reporting mortgage rate information. More

  • A Steadily Growing Housing Market

    After increasing throughout April, mortgage rates declined at the start of May. The combined positive impact of low mortgage rates, a strong labor market, low unemployment, and modest wage growth supports our forecast for a steadily growing housing market in 2019. More


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