Interest Rates Archive

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...

REALTORS’® Confident About the 6-Month Outlook Improved in April 2015

In April 2015, more REALTORS® were confident about the outlook for all property types in the next six months than they were in March and a year ago[1], according to the April 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The April...