Interest Rates Archive

How Do Housing Market Conditions Compare in 2004 and 2018?

With interest rates rising and house price appreciation slowing down or depreciating in some metro areas, it is worth recalling the conditions that prevailed prior to the housing market’s downturn in 2005 and to compare these with current market...

How much of my income goes towards housing?

With rates rising and home price growth starting to slow, I started to consider how much income is used towards housing in this current economic climate. Mortgage rates are trending upwards to near the highs of 2011 at 4.98...

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...