Interest Rates Archive

Tax Reform Impact and Home Price Outlook

While the new tax law is already in effect, here we estimate how home prices will trend in 2018 for each state. The new tax law reduces the limit on deductible mortgage debt and limits the deductibility of the...

Potential First-time Buyers Still on the Sidelines

First-time buyers accounted for 31 percent of  buyers who closed a sale in August 2017, according to the August 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1]  The share of first-time buyers has been improving, although slowly, from less than 30 percent...

Stressed Over Higher Interest Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen since the election of Donald Trump, from 3.5% to the recent 4.2%. Bond investors are perceiving an economic stimulus package to uplift the economy. More business activity, greater commerce, and faster job growth are certainly...

Low Mortgage Rates and the Housing Market: Pros and Cons

While low mortgage rates boost consumer buying power, the reason for the low rates could hold home buyers back. Economic forecasters and analysts have frequently missed the mark recently when forecasting interest rates. In general, forecasters and experts have...

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Home Prices

Mortgage rates have been rising and are expected to increase further over the next two years.  Home sales and home prices are generally impacted negatively if mortgage rates were the only things changing.  Fortunately, there are other economic variables...