Forecast

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Low Mortgage Rate Environment Supports Continued Housing Market Growth

    Mortgage interest rates saw a drastic decline at the end of March and have remained near the same level since then. Furthermore, the job market continues to show signs of strength, and wage growth has been increasing moderately. More

  • Mortgage Market Expected to Hold Steady

    Mortgage interest rates have been steadily declining since the start of 2019. These lower mortgage interest rates combined with a strong labor market should attract prospective homebuyers this spring and could help the housing sector regain its momentum later in the year. More


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