Interest Rates Archive

Using NAR Research to Address Prospective Buyer Concerns “I’m Worried About Mortgage Rates”

Interest rates are in the news:  Projected to rise from their historically low levels as the Federal Reserve winds down Quantitative Easing.  Is this a major problem for the prospective buyer?  The Answer: “Probably Not.” Obviously, buying a home...

Strong Dollar but No Relief on Housing Costs

The Almighty Dollar is showing the world who is the boss.  The dollar has strengthened against nearly all other foreign currencies in the past year.  The strong dollar is a reflection of better economic conditions and greater confidence in...

Low Interest Rates

Interest rates tend to be very low when there are problems and desperations in the economy.  The economy in the meantime has moved into higher gear.  GDP is expanding robustly and jobs are coming around nicely.  But the overall...

Economic Forecast

The economy shrank big time in the first quarter.  However, there were many transitory temporary factors that passed through, which will begin to reverse in the upcoming quarters.  No recession is on the horizon.  The economic expansion, however, will...

Higher Interest Rates Expected from End of Fed Bond Buying

Mortgage rates and other long-term interest rates are bound to rise measurably in the second half of this year, if not earlier.  The Federal Reserve has been aggressive in buying U.S. government bonds as part of Quantitative Easing and...