“The cascading impacts of the war in Ukraine have created market uncertainty,” says Freddie Mac’s chief economist.
“When global investors sense increased uncertainty, there is a ‘flight to safety’ in the U.S. Treasury bonds,” one economist says.
The record amount from the mortgage financing giants aims to curb a nationwide housing shortage.
Rates may increase while purchasing a house, and with home buyers already stretching their budgets, that difference could have a big impact.
“As interest rates rise in the coming year, you could see folks using more second-lien products," says an Urban Institute analyst.
The decrease is likely temporary, and rates will soon lift again with higher inflation, NAR says.
Lawmakers in support of the bill hope the offer will attract more young people to own a home in the state.
This marks the highest averages for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages since May 2019.
Rising home prices are prompting more borrowers to take out supersized home loans.
The financing giant is launching an automated way for lenders to assess a prospective borrowers’ income paid through direct deposits.
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